NHL online betting handicappers considered the Caps one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference but they have proven to be more of a NHL hockey betting overlay than cash cow.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Washington Capitals on Saturday night with a telecast on NHLNET set to start at 7 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have the over under and side odds on this Eastern Conference matchup so be sure and open your account today.
Washington had a record of 24-14-4-3 with the ice hockey lines and was struggling on the road with a mark of 9-9-2 away from home. The Caps went under 16 out of their 20 road games and were in second place in the Southeast Division behind the surprising Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Capitals were slumping somewhat on offense as they ranked 14th overall for goal scoring while ranking 9th for goals against. Washington stumbled badly after their win at Pittsburgh in the Winter Classic with 4 losses in the 5 games that followed. Alexander Ovechkin led Washington with 15 goals and 30 assists while Alexander Semin had 18 goals.
Semin had a groin injury that has been keeping him out of the lineup on an indefinite basis and that has been part of Washington’s problem as now the burden has fallen on Ovechkin.
Toronto was just 9-10-2-2 with the NHL betting odds at home with just 7 of their first 23 home games going over the total. The Leafs ranked 25th for goal scoring and 20th for goals against.
These two teams have split their 2 previous NHL online betting matchups this season. On November 3 Washington scored a 5-4 home win over Toronto as the game went over the total. On December 6 the Caps lost a 5-4 decision at home against the Leafs as the game again went over the total. This series has gone over the total in 4 consecutive games.
Washington has gotten the money in just 6 of their last 20 visits to Toronto as the series has gone under the total in 6 of the last 8 meetings in Toronto. The Leafs have won their last 3 home games against the Caps.