Avalanche vs Capitals Prediction
Colorado is 4-0-0 for the first time since the club moved to Denver prior to the 1995-96 season. And first year coach and former start goaltender Patrick Roy is the sole reason for this fast red hot start in Denver.
Maybe it’s his coaching or maybe it’s Roy trying to stay competitive with the Denver Broncos. Whatever it is, it’s working and the people of Denver are very happy.
The Avs missed the playoffs in their last three seasons under coach Joe Sacco, but seem to have a renewed purpose with Roy, who anchored Colorado’s Stanley Cup title runs in 1996 and 2001.
Giguere and ex-Capital Semyon Varlamov have been the keys to Colorado’s early success, combining to stop 127 of 130 shots and helping kill all 10 penalties.
Not only have the Capitals led in each of their losses this season, this Colorado team has won two straight and three of it’s last four against Washington. Although the teams have not met since 2011.
Washington who are 1-3-0 have been giving up a bunch of goals this season and have been surrendering leads left and right. Goaltending the problem? I believe so.
They held a pair of one-goal leads Thursday against Carolina before the Hurricanes tied the game twice in the second and scored the only goal of the third for a 3-2 win.
Washington’s lone victory came 5-4 over Calgary in a shootout on Oct. 3.
It didn’t help that the Capitals were 0 for 5 on the power play Thursday after going 6 for 12 in their previous three contests.
Three of Washington star Alex Ovechkin’s five goals this season have come with the man-advantage. The high-scoring Russian has only one point – an assist – in three career home games versus Colorado.
Playing against a talented, rejuvenated Avs squad you can bet your bottom dollar that Roy will make sure his players are in check to keep Ovi shutdown tonight. Along with the rest of this overrated Capitals squad.
Colorado Avalanche +120 ($500) TOP PLAY
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