Washington
Capitals
Stadium Capital One Arena
1-0-0 Overall | METROPOLITAN 5th
TEAM STATSGFGAPOWER PLAY
Capitals43 0%
Schedule
Preseason
Mon  9/16
vs
Blackhawks
W / OT4-3
Wed  9/18
vs
Blues
7:00pm
Sat  9/21
vs
Hurricanes
7:00pm
Wed  9/25
@
Blackhawks
NHL8:30pm
Fri  9/27
@
Blues
8:00pm
Sun  9/29
@
Hurricanes
1:30pm
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 7.8% chance to win the championship (based on simulations) is #5 in the league. They are also a good bet to win the East at 9/1, 10%. Their sim chance is 14.3%. 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 88.3% chance. Their odds of winning their division are 7/2, 22.2%. They win the division in 43.6% of simulations. Their average wins per simulation puts them at #3 in the East.

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REGULAR SEASON RECAP AND UPCOMING GAMES

Based on last season's game odds they 'should have had' 44.6 wins. Their 48-26-8 record last season was ahead of what was expected of them. 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 50 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 #4 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.

Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateEXPCOLLEGE
27 Alexeyev, Alexander D6-319611/15/1999No College
19 Backstrom, Nicklas C6-121011/23/1987No College
82 Bailey, Casey RW6-319510/27/1991No College
84 Bindulis, Kristofers D6-219209/17/1995No College
72 Boyd, Travis RW5-1118509/14/1993No College
80 Burgdoerfer, Erik D6-120712/11/1988No College
74 Carlson, John D6-321801/10/1990No College
71 Clark, Kody RW6-217410/13/1999No College
1 Copley, Pheonix G6-420001/18/1992No College
29 Djoos, Christian D6-016908/06/1994No College
26 Dowd, Nic C6-219705/27/1990No College
20 Eller, Lars C6-220705/08/1989No College
42 Fehervary, Martin D6-219410/06/1999No College
58 Florchuk, Eric C6-217501/10/2000No College
46 Geisser, Tobias D6-420002/13/1999No College
63 Gersich, Shane C5-1117507/10/1996No College
33 Gudas, Radko D6-020406/05/1990No College
62 Hagelin, Carl LW5-1118608/23/1988No College
21 Hathaway, Garnet RW6-221011/23/1991No College
31 Hawkey, Hayden G6-218003/01/1995No College
36 Hobbs, Connor D6-119701/04/1997No College
70 Holtby, Braden G6-221109/16/1989No College
56 Hughes, Tommy D6-221504/07/1992No College
3 Jensen, Nick D6-019409/21/1990No College
22 Johansen, Lucas D6-218211/16/1997No College
45 Jonsson-Fjallby, Axel LW6-017002/10/1998No College
53 Kannok-Leipert, Alex D5-1119307/20/2000No College
6 Kempny, Michal D6-019409/08/1990No College
89 Kessy, Kale LW6-319612/04/1992No College
92 Kuznetsov, Evgeny C6-220405/19/1992No College
49 Leason, Brett RW6-421004/30/1999No College
28 Leipsic, Brendan LW5-1017905/19/1994No College
78 Lewington, Tyler D6-220212/05/1994No College
16 Maillet, Philippe C5-1018511/07/1992No College
47 Malenstyn, Beck LW6-219802/04/1998No College
73 McCarthy, Chris C6-120507/30/1991No College
24 McMichael, Connor C6-018201/15/2001No College
25 Moulson, Matt LW6-120311/01/1983No College
88 Nardella, Bobby D5-917404/22/1996No College
87 O'Brien, Liam C6-121507/29/1994No College
9 Orlov, Dmitry D5-1121207/23/1991No College
77 Oshie, T.J. RW5-1119512/23/1986No College
8 Ovechkin, Alex LW6-323509/17/1985No College
14 Panik, Richard LW6-120802/07/1991No College
40 Pilon, Garrett C6-018804/13/1998No College
64 Pinho, Brian C6-017305/11/1995No College
59 Protas, Aliaksei C6-520501/06/2001No College
94 Riat, Damien LW6-017202/26/1997No College
30 Samsonov, Ilya G6-320002/22/1997No College
23 Sgarbossa, Michael C6-018607/25/1992No College
34 Siegenthaler, Jonas D6-320605/06/1997No College
91 Snively, Joe LW5-916501/01/1996No College
18 Stephenson, Chandler LW6-020304/22/1994No College
67 Sutter, Riley RW6-320310/25/1999No College
35 Thompson, Logan G6-417102/25/1997No College
41 Vanecek, Vitek G6-118701/09/1996No College
13 Vrana, Jakub LW6-019702/28/1996No College
60 Warm, Beck G6-017904/22/1999No College
86 Weis, Matt C5-1019205/23/1995No College
85 Whitney, Steven RW5-716702/18/1991No College
38 Williams, Colby D6-019901/26/1995No College
43 Wilson, Tom RW6-421803/29/1994No College