Colorado Avalanche vs Washington Capitals 4/18/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Colorado Avalanche meet Monday in NHL action at the Ball Arena. The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Colorado Avalanche look to build on their nine-game winning streak.

The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 47 goals, John Carlson has 52 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 192 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 95 goals on 1,042 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed 106 goals on 1,030 shots.

The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 25.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with 36 goals, Nazem Kadri has 57 assists and Nathan MacKinnon has 275 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 119 goals on 1,588 shots faced, and Pavel Francouz has allowed 45 goals on 558 shots.

The Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Avalanche are 51-9 in their last 60 home games and 43-11 in their last 54 overall. The over is 37-18-2 in Capitals last 57 overall. The over is 11-4 in Avalanche last 15 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado and 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.

The Colorado Avalanche are a team you probably shouldn’t be eager to step in front of, as they’ve been arguably the best team in the league all year, and they’re currently riding nine straight wins. However, the Washington Capitals have turned things around recently, and they’ve owned the Avs over the years. There are not many times chasing the plus money to fade the Avalanche makes sense, but there’s some value with the road dog in this spot.

Author: Lucy Green