Arizona Coyotes vs Washington Capitals
2/22/16 NHL Hockey Pick Prediction Bet
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Arizona Coyotes Preview
With Ekman-Larsson, Arizona’s leading points man questionable for play tonight, the Coyotes will have to look to come out ahead from the Capitals another way. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season, after splitting two games last season – one in an overtime shootout.
The Coyotes (27-25-6) could very well be without their leading scorer in Ekman-Larsson, as they begin a five game road trip. Ekman-Larsson is often seen as the team’s “best player,” according to defenseman Connauton, and the rest of the team knows they’ll have some stepping up to do tonight in order to get a win against the Capitals, and move ahead in the series.
Many will be looking toward the likes of Max Domi, who is doing increasingly well lately, scoring four goals in his past three games. With such close games between Washington in the past, tonight will certainly be an interesting event.
Washington Capitals Preview
The Capitals (43-10-4) are riding high this season in terms of their at-home winnings, as well as their power play percentage, which is the top in the League right now at 23.2 percent. However, they’ve been struggling with this percentage as of late, with Coach Trotz relating the issue to players having trouble “getting in sync.”
Still, Washington has a record 43 wins this season within their first 57 games, a historical record for the NHL, and one they hope to expand upon this evening against the Coyotes. With every opportunity to capitalize on Ekman-Larsson’s potential absence, the Capitals could not only increase their winning streak, but their power play percentage tonight in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.
- Arizona Coyotes -> TBD
- Washington Capitals -> Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby set aside 28 shots in the Capitals’ 4-3 win against the Devils on Saturday night. Not Holtby’s finest effort, but it’s another win nonetheless. He has one regulation loss in his past 11 games. Holtby sports a solid 2.17 goals against average and .924 save percentage.
Arizona Coyotes vs Washington Capitals NHL Pick 2/22/16
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