NHL Betting – Stanley Cup hopefuls meet in Washington

Alex OvechkinIf this had an NFL betting equivalent, it would be Indianapolis-Minnesota as Washington will host Detroit on Tuesday night in a battle of two championship favorites. Washington is Minnesota, the explosive team with star players and a big home-ice advantage, while the Red Wings are Indy, a team that has already won a championship and has plenty of experience.

Detroit Red Wings vs Washington Capitals betting – Tuesday, January 19, 7:00 PM ET

The Red Wings have lost three of their last four, one of which was a 6-0 humiliation at the hands of the Islanders in New York, and then two shootout losses to Dallas and Chicago. Jimmy Howard is still getting used to being a No.1 goaltender in the NHL, especially on a team with such high expectations to NHL betting players, but the Red Wings have been inconsistent in front of him. Not that players like Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom, have been terrible, but they haven’t dominated as they have in recent years.

The Capitals have won six of their last seven, scoring four goals or more in each of those games. Jose Theodore is the latest goalie in the Washington revolving door in nets, but it almost doesn’t matter who is between the pipes when the Capitals take to the ice as the lead the NHL in goals scored by a wide margin. Alex Ovechkin has a six-game point-scoring streak right now, with 14 points during that time.

The Capitals should be the favorite in this NHL betting contest according to US sportsbook odds (US sportsbook reviews), and it’s due to an outstanding 16-3-3 record at home. The crowd at the Verizon Center is gaining a reputation of being one of the loudest arenas in the league, and it starts with the energetic play of Ovechkin, along with his linemates, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom. The Red Wings have won seven of their last 10 against the Capitals, including a 3-2 win at home over the Capitals in Detroit on October 10th, and the Capitals will be out for some revenge. The Red Wings have suffered some injuries on the blue line, namely to Nicklas Kronwall, and you need all of your defensemen healthy if you’re going to keep up with the speedy Capitals.

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