Sports gambling fans would have the top online sports gambling commodity for offensive production with the Caps but their defense remains a potential question mark. Washington entered the Olympic sports gambling break with the top record in the East at 41-13-5-3.
Washington led the NHL online sports gambling stats for goals scored but their defense ranked 19th in the sports book gambling charts for goals against.
The Capitals boast arguably the best hockey player in all of sports gambling with Alexander Ovechkin. Ovechkin got off to a blistering start to the sports gambling season with 42 goals and 47 assists at the Olympic break. But those who think that Washington is a one-man sports gambling commodity would be sadly mistaken.
Center Niklas Backstrom established himself last year as a legitimate sports gambling asset and that has continued this season as he is second on the team in scoring with 26 goals and 50 assists. Not to be forgotten is yet another top shelf sports gambling asset in left winger Alexander Semin, who had 30 goals and 35 assists.
Washington boasts considerable offensive depth from there as defenseman Mike Green had 14 goals and 46 assists to rank as one of the top hockey “quarterbacks” in all of sports gambling. Center Brooks Laich has been a solid contributor with 20 goals and 26 assists as has center Tomas Fleischmann who had 18 goals and 25 assists.
Right winger Michael Knuble rounds out one of the deepest lineups of any sport with 23 goals and 19 assists. Goaltending, however, remains a legitimate question mark for the Caps. Last year’s playoff hero Simeon Varlamov, who came out of nowhere to make the Caps a legitimate contender, was 12-4 with a 2.44 goals against average at the break.
Jose Theodore was the number one goaltender and was 20-13 with a rather high 2.94 goals against average. Washington cooled off right before the Olympic break with 3 consecutive losses, which ended a 14 game winning streak prior to that.
“Once you get that feeling of winning, you always want to win. We would have liked to have won every game for the rest of the year,” said coach Bruce Boudreau.