The Washington Capitals (3-2-2) and Toronto Maple Leafs (3-2-1) clash in the NHL at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC on Wednesday evening.
The Caps come into this game on the back of 6-3 loss on home-ice to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. It marked the first time since the 1983-84 season that Washington have lost their first three home games.
Washington are currently averaging 3.14 Goals per Game (GPG), whilst allowing 3.29 Goals (GAG). On the Power Play Percentage they stand at 22.2, while their Penalty-Kill Percentage stands at 84.0. John Carlson has 11 points for the Caps already this season, with Alex Ovechkin leading the way with 5 goals.
The Maple Leafs were in action on Tuesday evening on home-ice against the Minnesota Wild in a game that they would expect to win. Prior to that, the Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win on the road at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.
Toronto are currently averaging 4.00 GPG, with 3.50 GAG. They stand at 22.7% on the Power Play, with their Penalty-Kill Percentage at 77.8. Auston Matthews leads the way for the Maple Leafs in terms of both Points (7) and Goals (6) this season.
Washington Capitals vs Toronto Maple Leafs Betting Lines & Prediction
As a result of the Maple Leafs being in action on Tuesday evening, there were no betting odds available on this game at the time of writing. The Caps are likely to be marginal bookies favourites on the Money Line and having an additional day’s rest might just give them the edge here.
Both of these teams look better offensively than they do defensively so, when looking at NHL predictions for this game, we’ll look to the ‘Total Goals’ market. The spread is likely to be at about 6.5 Goals at the best sportsbooks such as Sports Interaction, bet365, 888Sport and Betway, so we’ll go Over for the tip here.
NHL Prediction: Total Goals Over/Under 6.5 – Over 6.5