Well its been a rough week. Last night was really all going to a poor a night as you could request as my picks went 0-3 and then we slid into negative territory about the year for a result.
My choice of the Jets over the Coyotes got off to a wonderful beginning using the Jets opening the scoring the Coyotes would evaluate the next four goals of the game.
The second reduction of the nighttime came between the Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames and the Flyers did not play in that . They have been outshot 38-22 and despite having as many power could not capitalize, plays because the Flames and dropped a 3-1 decision to the home side.
Finally, in a matchup of what will eventually be two of the better defensive teams in the league, the Predators and also Golden Knights couldnt maintain the goal total under 6.5 in a 5-2 Preds win. I understood the Predators defense could come around after a rough beginning, and they held their end of this deal. That said, the Golden Knights, who have been among the best defenses in the league for this stage, didnt hold their end of the bargain in this one.
Lets turn our focus to one of two free selections on the night time, this one containing the Maple Leafs and Capitals Arena in Washington, although it was an extremely unsatisfactory night.
Season Record: 3-5
Odds courtesy of Bovada
Maple Leafs vs. Capitals Betting odds:
Maple Leafs (+110)
More than 6.5 (-125)
Under 6.5 (-105)
Maple Leafs vs. Capitals NHL Pick
After three straight losses like a blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice last Thursday, the Maple Leafs have buckled down and rattled off wins over opponents in Minnesota Wild and the Detroit Red Wings. The win on the Wild came 24 hours before needing to go for its end of games from a Capitals offense to Washington.
Is following Frederik Andersen earned the win over Minnesota on Tuesday night that Maple Leafs backup Michael Hutchinson will be getting the nod in goal speaking. Tonight will mark just the start of the season for the 29-year-old afterwards he allowed five goals on 42 shots at a 6-5 shootout loss. In five appearances with the Maple Leafs after coming over via a mid-season trade with the Florida Panthers last season, Hutchinson recorded a solid 2.64 GAA and .914 Sv% in Andersens absence in the groin injury.
Despite just a bit of an up-and-down season to this stage, the Maple Leafs offense has remained on full-go. Entering this one, the Leafs are currently averaging four goals per game, tied with the Buffalo Sabres to get. Their 35 shots each game are also tied for fourth. Toronto has also dominated the possession game to the song of a 57.5% Corsi Forpercent at even strength over the young age, easily the very best mark in the league before the Calgary Flames and these Washington Capitals that are tied for second with a 53.1% markers.
Even though Auston Matthews sits second in the NHL the Maple Leafs other line that was huge got going after a sluggish start. Following a lineup that moved Kasperi Kapanen down into the third line and Trevor Moore up into the very first, the John Tavares lineup was flying. Tavares scored while Marner followed in what easily his best game of the season his second of the year into the offense started. Together with the top two Maple Leafs lines shooting it could make it tough on this Capitals defense.
This Capitals end will include rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov for this man as he makes his third career start tonight in place of Braden Holtby who let a goal on each of the few shots he faced against the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Monday. While Holtby had struggled from the gate, Samsonov has also posted a .961 Svpercent over two begins and .944 markers after allowing two goals on 21 shots in relief of Holtby on Monday.
The Capitals goaltender of the future would be off to a start this year, but he did season to battle . Samsonov posted a less-than-stellar .898 Svpercent in 37 games with the Hershey Bears prior to making the jump right this year. His work from his native Russias KHL was phenomenal in every one of the three seasons.
The Capitals are off to a start with a 3-2-2 markers through seven games, after starting but they are still looking for their first win on home ice. The crime seems to be nice when averaging 3.14 goals per match over the year while their special teams appear to working as nicely with some 22.2% clip to the power play at the first going to go along with a penalty kill which sits with an 84% markers up to now.
The problem has been in goal as Washington has enabled 3.29 goals per match this season whereas the .879 Sv% they have received in their netminders rankings them 25th in the league. That has mostly been around Holtby, but its worth noting this past year and tied for 24th in offense that Samsonovs two starts this season have come. This Maple Leafs team is an entirely new ball game to the 22-year-old.
On one hand, we have a Maple Leafs team which has still had its share of struggles on the rear end this season, and this team is currently playing with their second match in as many nights. They are starting their goaltender that had been torched in his start on this season. They match among the best offenses in the league, one that found the best line from last year of it have their best match of the season only last night.
On the flip side, youve got a Capitals team that remains strong on crime and one that hasnt been great on the back end. You cant pin the entirety of the problem on Holtby has the Capitals defense is not exactly star-studded behind John Carlson. You have a beginner goaltender in Samsonov for easily the test of his NHL career that is young in this one set.
To mepersonally, most all signs are pointing to a high-scoring affair in this one. The Capitals should be prepared to pounce on a suspect Maple Leafs back while the Maple Leafs crime is in prime condition inputting this one.
Consequently, provide me the tonight in Capital One Arena.
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