Peter Laviolette was tasked with getting the Washington Capitals back to a full 200-foot style of play when he was hired for the 2020-21 season.
After their 2018 Stanley Cup championship, the Capitals went back to skipping too many defensive shifts. Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz departed after beating NHL Betting odds for the title. The Capitals stopped back-checking and sacrificing without Trotz behind the bench. The Edmonton Oilers have finally recovered from a woeful January slump. However, the Oilers team liabilities still remain. A limited back end and subpar goaltending have not yet been addressed. Coach Dave Tippett was hanging by a thread for his job until last week.
NHL Free Picks – Oilers at Capitals
TNT will present the Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals from Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 7 p.m. ET.
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NHL Picks Today – Oilers at Caps Betting Odds Analysis
Casual cash will flock to the Oilers with the betting odds. That is because of Edmonton’s recent profit-taking. Normally, Washington is consistently overpriced on home ice. But in this matchup, the Capitals will bring more favorable odds than usual. Square money is not enthralled with the inconsistent Caps. Sharps that would customarily avoid Washington are now more interested in taking the Capitals based on the improved betting odds.
NHL Betting Picks – Edmonton Strikes Recent Oil
Edmonton has paid in four of its most recent five games in recent action. Three of those five games went under the total. Now the Oilers bring a record of 22-16-2 with 20-18 over the total. Edmonton has NHL rankings of 10th NHL for goal scoring, 2nd for power play efficiency, 22nd for goals against, and 22nd for penalty killing.
Center iceman Leon Draisaitl leads the Oilers with 31 goals, 30 assists, and a +6. Draisaitl has five goals in Edmonton’s most recent four games. This is his fourth consecutive season with more than 30 goals scored. In a similar way, center Connor McDavid has 21 goals, 37 assists, and a +6. McDavid has two goals and three assists in his most recent four games.
Most worrisome to gamblers is Edmonton’s team save percentage of .902. That is not the benchmark of a bona fide Stanley Cup contender.
NHL Best Picks – Capitals Seeking New Gains
Overall, Washington has dropped three of its last five games. And then four of those five games stayed under the total. Washington has a record of 24-12-9 with 22-21 over the total. The Capitals have NHL rankings of 12th for goal scoring, 30th for power play efficiency, 11th for goals against, and 14th for penalty killing.
Left winger Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 29 goals, 29 assists, and a +15. However, Ovechkin has only two goals and one assist in his most recent five outings.
Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals NHL Betting Trends
Edmonton is 2-5 in their last seven away games. The Oilers are 2-5-1 under the total on the road. Also, the Oilers are 2-6 in away games at Eastern Conference opponents. Edmonton is 2-3-1 under the total at Eastern Conference teams.
Washington has failed to pay in seven of its last ten home games. The Capitals are 7-4 over the total at home. Washington is 4-6 on home ice against Western Conference teams. In comparison, the Capitals are 10-4-1 over the total at home against Western Conference opponents.
Head-to-head, Edmonton has paid in two of its last three games against Washington. Only one of the previous four between the Oilers and Caps cleared the total. Washington has delivered in four consecutive home games against Edmonton. These two teams are 0-3-1 under the total at Washington.
Edmonton Oilers at Washington Capitals Free Pick
In this Wednesday night TNT situation, the Capitals will get a better home ice price at home than usual. That Capitals have the offensive firepower to exploit the weak Edmonton defense and goaltending.
Oilers at Capitals Best Bet: Washington Capitals
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