2/13/16 Free Expert NHL Hockey Picks and Predictions
Washington Capitals vs Dallas Stars, February 11th 2016
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- Washington Capitals -> Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby allowed three goals on 36 shots and earned the win against Minnesota on Thursday night. Holtby improves to 35-5-3 this season with a 2.10 goals against average and .927 save percentage. He is on a seven game winning streak
Holtby is also 17-5 with a 2.21 goals against average on the road, while vs the Stars he is 0-2 with a 3.91 goals against average
- Dallas Stars -> Kari Lehtonen
Kari Lehtonen stood on his head in a superb performance Thursday night against Chicago, making 44 saves on 46 shots to earn a well-deserved 4-2 victory. Lehtonen improves to 15-5-0 this season with a 2.79 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. He has won two straight games.
Lethtonen 13-5 with a 2.19 goals against average, while vs the Caps in his career he’s 5-3 with a 2.52 goals against average
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Still ranking first overall in scoring are the Washington Capitals. Potting 3.3 or more goals per game, to go along with just nine regulation losses. They also rank 1st overall in the power ply department converting on 25% of their chances. Basically, nobody can stop this force.
As for defense they are just as stellar especially in today’s offensive driven games. Ranking 3rd overall in goals allowed, barely allowing 2.3 goals per game and Holtby is not the main reason. This Washington defense is no pucking joke. As for the penalty killing department the Caps rank 5th in the league only allowing teams to convert on 16% of their chances.
Basically Barry Trtoz had a skilled team and his system fit perfectly in Washington. This will be one of many Stanley Cups to march in Washington. They will be right up there with the Blackhawks and Kings, if not already.
Right behind the Capital’s the Dallas Stars’ front office made some big moves over the last few seasons and it’s paying off. Dallas ranks 2nd overall in scoring, netting 3.2 goas per game and right there with Washing, ranking 5th in the power play department, converting on 21% of their special team chances.
As the defensive side of the barn however they have not been that stellar. Their defense is solid when they want to be but the goaltending is very inconsistent and unless they make a move for a legit goaltender before the trade deadline, they will see an early exit come playoff time.
Dallas ranks 19th in goals allowed allowing 2.7 goals per game and only keeping teams to 21% conversions in the penalty killing department. This is most likely why the offense has to score game in and game out….
Money Line Odds
- Washington: (-110)
- Dallas: (-110)
Game Total Odds
- Over 5.5 (-110)
- Under 5.5 (-110)
Washington Capitals vs Dallas Stars NHL Pick 2/13/16
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