Avalanche vs. Capitals total, Prediction: Defense will fight

Colorado showed why it started the season as the clear leader in the Stanley Cup. The Avalanche will continue their quest for a second straight Presidents’ Trophy on Monday when they host the Capitals.

Washington has been on a better run lately, winning five of their last six. The Caps now have realistic hopes of chasing Pittsburgh for third place in the Metro Division, which will help them dodge the Panthers in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Capitals are very capable offensively, but their defensive play is far from dominant and they have average network awareness. It’s very hard for me to imagine the Capitals’ defense holding this incredibly deep and talented Avalanche group at bay.

Avalanche defender Bowen Byram
Avalanche defender Bowen Byram
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We’ve seen Colorado with a Carolina team that traditionally allows next to nothing. The Avs fell seven points behind against the Hurricanes on Saturday, and it’s easy to see why they’ll be back to scoring more than four goals here.

However, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Capitals’ offensive found some success. They also excelled at making life difficult for opposing netminders, forcing a lot of east-west moves with a lot of extra shooting talent.

The capitals probably won’t make Kuemper look as dominant (if he even starts out), but with the West all locked up, we’re seeing the Avs decide to give Kuemper a break here.

At -120 I see value in supporting this game to get past 6.5 and I would play 6.5 to -135.

The game: Over 6.5 -120 (Playing to -135) Avalanche vs. Capitals total, Prediction: Defense will fight


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