- Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals head to St. Louis as he looks to continue his run vs the Blues on Thursday, November 17th
- St. Louis are home favorites in the Capitals vs Blues odds
- Read below our best NHL betting pick for this Thursday night matchup
On Thursday night, we have a matchup between two teams with playoff aspirations. The Washington Capitals opened the season with seven wins in their first 18 games, while the Blues have won only six games in their first 14 games. Puck drop is set for 8:00 PM EST on November 17th, 2022 at Enterprise Center. St. Louis are home favorites in the Capitals vs Blues odds.
The Washington Capitals are slowly returning to good health with the return of John Carlson, who was a standout performer on Tuesday, and Alexander Ovechkin has destroyed the Blues historically. Alexander Ovechkin has 18 goals and 13 assists in just 22 career games vs the Blues, making them one of his favorite opponents in the NHL.
Can Ovie lead his team back into the playoff hunt against a struggling Blues team on the tail end of a back to back? Let’s take a look at the Capitals vs Blues odds for this Thursday night matchup.
Washington Capitals vs St. Louis Blues odds Odds
|Team||Money Line||Puck Line||Over / Under|
|Washington Capitals||+100||+1.5 (-215)||Over 6.5 (-115)|
|St. Louis Blues||-120||-1.5 (+185)||Under 6.5 (-105)|
Odds as of November 15 at DraftKings Sportsbook
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Washington Capitals Betting Outlook
The Washington Capitals, coming off a frustrating defeat against the Florida Panthers have won just seven games in their first 19 as mentioned previously. Both Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov are just under a point per game and struggling by their own high standards.
The Capitals are scoring 2.6 goals per game in their last 10, however allowing 3.1 goals against in same time frame. They are also allowing a significant 36 shots on goal per game on the road this season, which could spell some good news for the Blues at home.
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One player to look at today is John Carlson, who has gone over 2.5 Shots on goal in 8 of his last 9 games and will be facing a St. Louis Blues team who is giving up the fifth most shots on goal to defensemen.
The Blues are giving up 34 shots on goal per game overall this year and could be tired on the tail end of this back-to-back, thus allowing the Capitals to take control of this game. The oddsmakers might be favoring the wrong team in the Capitals vs Blues odds.
St. Louis Blues Betting Outlook
The St. Louis Blues are finally finding their form, winners of three in a row. However, the Blues are still in last place in the Central Division. The Blues are scoring only 2.3 goals per game this season, and allowing 4.1 in their last 10 games overall. That number jumps to 3.0 goals scored per game at home, but they still are allowing 4.1 goals per game at home this season.
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The big reason for these struggles is the lack of scoring from their top forwards. Jordan Kyrou, Ryan O’Reilly, and Pavel Buchnevich are all under six points on the season, and the Blues need them to pick it up if they want to throw their names into the playoff race.
I am writing this prior to the Blackhawks game on Wednesday Night, but I expect Thomas Greiss to start for the Blues as Jordan Binnington takes the net on Wednesday.
Thomas Greiss has been awful this season going 0-3-0 and boasting a 3.78 GAA and a .899 SV%. Regardless of who is starting the Blues are feeling the loss of Ville Husso, who has been one of the better goalies in the NHL this season.
Capitals vs Blues Prediction and Best Bets
Between Alexander Ovechkin’s dominance vs St. Louis, the return of John Carlson, and potentially TJ Oshie and Dmitry Orlov, I like Washington to win at +100 in the Capitals vs Blues odds on Thursday night.
I also think John Carlson is in a fantastic spot as a ladder target (odds permitting) against this Blues team. The Blues are giving up almost 34 shots on goal per game in their last 10 and top five in the NHL in most shots on goals to Dmen.
John Carlson has hit in 8 of his last 9 games as I mentioned previously and is coming off a seven shot performance against the Florida Panthers. I love for him to go over his shot on goal target tomorrow night against the Blues.
Best Bets: Washington Capitals ML (+100), John Carlson Over 2.5 SOG (-114 on Barstool / -135 on DK)
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