Wednesday NHL Odds, Picks, Prediction: Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals Betting Preview (Oct. 27)
Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Alex Ovechkin.
- The high-powered Capitals are huge -205 favorites over the Red Wings in Wednesday's NHL action.
- Detroit's offense looks capable this season, while the Caps are one of the NHL's best attacks.
- Pat Pickens breaks down the matchup below and makes his betting pick.
Red Wings vs. Capitals Odds
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|Time||7 p.m. ET|
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The surprising Red Wings will close a three-game road trip with a date against the Capitals in the nation’s capital on Wednesday night. Detroit is coming off a 6-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.
The high-flying Capitals are the NHL’s second highest-scoring team so far this season, behind only the Florida Panthers, and are 3-0-1 in their previous four games. Washington has not lost in regulation yet this season and has outscored its opponents 26-16.
Detroit Offense Has Potential
The Red Wings have been one of the season’s early surprises, led by forward Tyler Bertuzzi, who is tied for second in goals in the NHL (six). Linemate Lucas Raymond leads all rookies in points (seven), and Detroit has scored the second-most goals among Atlantic Division teams.
Detroit boasts the NHL’s fifth-best expected goals percentage (55.7%) at 5-on-5 in the NHL yet has been outscored 21-20 thus far this season. That’s because starter Alex Nedeljkovic has struggled in the season’s early going, sporting a ghastly .897 save percentage and 3.40 goals against average.
Ovechkin-Powered Caps Are Red Hot
The Capitals, unsurprisingly, are rolling, led as usual by all-everything left winger Alex Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with seven goals. As a team, Washington leads the NHL in 5-on-5 shooting percentage (13.8%), goals for percentage (74.1%), scoring-chance goals for percentage (89.5%) and high-danger goals for percentage (80%), according to Natural Stat Trick.
Between the pipes, Vitek Vanecek has been exceptional in his four games, stopping all 18 high-danger shots he’s faced at 5-on-5 and boasting a .920 save percentage.
Red Wings vs. Capitals Pick
These are two of the highest-scoring teams in the NHL with two dynamite 5-on-5 offenses. The over is a bit high, but each of these teams is averaging more than three goals per game — and somebody has to win. Plus, the odds are good.
The over feels like the play.
Pick: Over 6.5 (+100)