The Vancouver Canucks will host the Washington Capitals for an NHL battle on Monday night in Canada. The Canucks have been one of the biggest surprises in the NHL this season, and come in with 10 points. Vancouver is currently in second place in the Pacific Division, trailing the Anaheim Ducks by one point. The Washington Capitals have gotten off to a slow start this season, after winning the Stanley Cup a season ago. Washington has racked up just eight points through their first seven games.
Canucks vs. Capitals Odds
The Washington Capitals are the favorite in this game against the Canucks. The moneyline for this matchup is Washington Capitals -145 while the Canucks check in at +131. The over/under for total goals is set at 6.0 for this game.
Spread: Washington Capitals -145
Canucks vs. Capitals Head to Head
This is the first of two meetings between the Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals this season. Last year the Capitals and Canucks split the two games they played against each other. Vancouver outscored the Capitals, 7-5 in those two games.
Canucks vs. Capitals Stats
The Vancouver Canucks have averaged 3.1 goals per game this season, with Elias Pettersson leading the way with five goals before suffering an injury. Alexander Edler leads the Canucks with five assists this season. Goaltenders Anders Nilsson and Jacob Markstrom have each started four games in net for the Canucks.
The Washington Capitals are the highest scoring team in the NHL, averaging 4.1 goals per game this season. Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with six goals on the season, and has added four goals. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the team with 12 points, scoring four goals and tallying eight assists.
Canucks vs. Capitals News
The Vancouver Canucks are still without two of their top offensive stars for this game on Monday. Rookie forward Elias Pettersson remains in concussion protocol after suffering a head injury over a week ago. Center Jay Beagle is out six weeks after suffering a broken arm while blocking a shot in a game against the Florida Panthers.
The Washington Capitals are still without Tom Wilson after he was suspended for 20 games for a hit in the preseason. Wilson is appealing his suspension and he met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday. A decision is expected on Wilson’s status early this week. The Capitals are also without center Travis Boyd as he is dealing with a foot injury and is listed as day-to-day.
Canucks vs. Capitals Predictions
The Washington Capitals will try to turn this game into a high scoring affair, while the Canucks will try to limit their scoring chances. The Canucks are without their most explosive offensive weapon, but they have had plenty of players step up in his absence. Vancouver will keep this game close, but the Capitals will come away with the win. Bet the Washington Capitals -145 over the Canucks on Monday night.