John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals will face off against Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, and the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center for an East-West tilt. The match will get going at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 4, and it is being televised live on NBC Sports Washington.
Washington Capitals at Los Angeles Kings Odds
Washington (-150) is currently favored over Los Angeles (+130), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -120 under, +100 over.
Washington is 20-9 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 29 regular season outings, 19 of its games have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and none have pushed. The Caps are 12-3 SU as a road team in 2019-20.
Washington has converted on 24.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it has successfully killed off 83.0 percent of all penalties..
With a .909 save percentage and 27.7 saves per game, Braden Holtby (14-7-4) has been the top option in goal for Washington this year. Holtby did just play last night, however, so the team could choose to rest him and go with Ilya Samsonov instead (6-3-1 record, .914 save percentage, 2.58 goals against average).
Los Angeles is 11-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 28 regular season contests, 14 of its games have gone under the total, while 12 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 9-6 SU as the home team this season.
The Kings have converted on just 11.6 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.7 percent of all penalties.
Jonathan Quick has stopped 25.0 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Kings. Quick has seven wins, 11 losses, and one OT loss to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 3.36 goals against average and a poor .882 save percentage this year.
Washington Capitals at Los Angeles Kings Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Kings, O/U – Under
Three of the Capitals’ last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-1 in those games and 3-2 overall in shootouts this season.
The under has hit in three of Los Angeles’ last five games.
Washington skaters have accounted for the eighth-most hits in the league (23.9 per game).