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|Team Outlook and Scouting Report|
SEASON FORECASTS AND FUTURES PICKS
Their championship odds are 20/1, 4.8% (#8 best). Even with the juice, the Capitals are a good betting value. Their 7.5% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #4 in the league. They are also a good bet to win the East at 9/1, 10%. Their sim chance is 14.2%. The Capitals are averaging 101.1 points per sim which makes them a solid bet to go over 97.5. At -280 the Capitals are a good value to make the playoffs with a 88.7% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 7/2, 22.2%. They win the division in 41.7% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #4 in the East.
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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES
Their 48-26-8 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. Their expected win percentage was 54%. In terms of money line profit, they were one of the best teams at +305. They were not good on puck lines going 38-44 (-252 loss). They went over 41 times and came in under 38 times. Their next game vs the Blues should be close. The Capitals are winning 51 percent of computer simulations. The table below shows their upcoming games, their simulation based win percentage and their recent head to head record (WL, ATS, OU).
TEAM STATISTICAL STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
Their record is better than it should be. Since 10/2/2018 their average goal differential is +0.28 (includes playoff games) which ranks #9 in the league, but their rank based on points (per game) is #4. This is a relatively better home team than a road team. They are the #5 ranked team in goal differential in home games, vs #12 in road games.
OFFENSIVE STATS PER GAME (League Rank):
DEFENSIVE STATS PER GAME (Lower # is Better):
TEAM FANTASY LEADERS
The table below show the most valuable fantasy players on the team led by Braden Holtby who is projected to be the #5 Goalie. The Better Option column shows the player directly above him and the Better Than column shows the player directly below him in the projected position rankings.
|19||Backstrom, Nicklas||C||6-1||206||11/23/1987||No College|
|72||Boyd, Travis||RW||6-0||190||09/14/1993||No College|
|74||Carlson, John||D||6-3||217||01/10/1990||No College|
|4||Dillon, Brenden||D||6-4||225||11/13/1990||No College|
|26||Dowd, Nic||C||6-1||195||05/27/1990||No College|
|20||Eller, Lars||C||6-2||205||05/08/1989||No College|
|33||Gudas, Radko||D||6-0||205||06/05/1990||No College|
|62||Hagelin, Carl||LW||6-0||185||08/23/1988||No College|
|21||Hathaway, Garnet||RW||6-3||210||11/23/1991||No College|
|70||Holtby, Braden||G||6-2||214||09/16/1989||No College|
|3||Jensen, Nick||D||6-1||196||09/21/1990||No College|
|6||Kempny, Michal||D||6-1||195||09/08/1990||No College|
|17||Kovalchuk, Ilya||RW||6-3||222||04/15/1983||No College|
|92||Kuznetsov, Evgeny||C||6-2||197||05/19/1992||No College|
|28||Leipsic, Brendan||LW||5-11||180||05/19/1994||No College|
|9||Orlov, Dmitry||D||5-11||208||07/23/1991||No College|
|77||Oshie, T.J.||RW||6-0||195||12/23/1986||No College|
|8||Ovechkin, Alex||LW||6-3||236||09/17/1985||No College|
|14||Panik, Richard||LW||6-2||202||02/07/1991||No College|
|30||Samsonov, Ilya||G||6-3||208||02/22/1997||No College|
|34||Siegenthaler, Jonas||D||6-3||210||05/06/1997||No College|
|13||Vrana, Jakub||LW||6-0||195||02/28/1996||No College|
|43||Wilson, Tom||RW||6-4||220||03/29/1994||No College|