Gary A. Vasquez, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Drew Doughty
Betting odds: Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals
- Kings moneyline: +188
- Capitals moneyline: -210
- Over/Under: 5.5
- Puck drop: 7 p.m. ET
Season record: 36-38, +11.72 units
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If you look at the NHL standings it would make sense that the Washington Capitals are sizable favorites over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.
The Caps have 67 points thanks to a 30-18-7 record and own a plus-10 goal differential. The defending champs are a near-lock to make the postseason and should be in the mix for the Metropolitan Division title when all is said and done.
The Kings are a different story with a 23-27-5 record, 51 points and a -33 goal differential in the same amount of games played. Los Angeles is not going to make the playoffs and has already started to sell off assets ahead of the trade deadline.
But a deeper look reveals that these teams are a little bit closer than the odds suggest.
Washington allows 2.72 expected goals against and 13.08 high-danger chances per 60 minutes, both of which rank in the bottom three league-wide.
The Capitals clearly have trouble suppressing scoring chances and over their last 10 games things have gotten worse, as the Caps have allowed 15 high-danger chances and 65 shot attempts per 60 minutes in that span.