In each of the last two seasons the NHL odds did not have the Washington Capitals or the St. Louis Blues as favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Yet that is exactly what both teams have done. In 2018 the Caps stunned the hockey world with the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. The very next year the Blues turned the trick to win their first ever Stanley Cup championship after climbing out of last place in the entire NHL at the season’s midway point. So, to start the season the most recent two teams to hoist hockey’s Holy Grail will meet in St. Louis.
Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues
When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Enterprise Center. St. Louis, Missouri
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Capitals Vs. Blues Wagering Odds Analysis
The Capitals have long had a large following with “The Great Eight” Alex Ovechkin. The superstar is the most prolific goal scorer in the modern era and remains a dynamic force on the ice. The Blues will certainly garner their share of betting action as the defending Stanley Cup champion and home team in this matchup.
Whatever is said about left winger Alex Ovechkin it is never enough. The Great Eight literally transformed the entire franchise. When he arrived, the Caps played in half empty arenas and without a franchise identity. In short order Ovechkin filled the stands with fans “rocking the red” and things were never the same. The Caps became the hottest ticket in town. Ovechkin scored 51 goals last year and has lit the lamp 658 times for his career.
Center Nicklas Backstrom remains a steady influence and playmaker. Backstrom posted 22 goals with 52 assists and a plus two last year. Defenseman John Carlson is a top quarterback on the power play. Carlson scored 13 goals to go with 57 assists and a sterling plus 21 last year.
Last year Jordan Binnington came out of nowhere to become a hockey sensation. Binnington posted a .927 save percentage and five shutouts after arriving from the minor leagues. Most important of all he came up clutch in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final at Boston.
Blues center Ryan O’Reilly came up clutch in the post season as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for playoff most valuable player. O’Reilly scored 8 goals with 15 assists and a plus two in the post season after scoring 28 goals with 49 assists and a plus 22 in the regular season.
Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
The Capitals are:
10-8 in their last 18 away games
7-4 over the total on the road
5-2 head to head in their last seven games with St. Louis
6-1 over the total in their series with the Blues
11-9 on the road at Western Conference teams
12-8 over the total at the Western Conference
The Blues are:
13-7 in their last 20 games at Enterprise Center
8-6-1 over the total at home
13-5 at Enterprise Center against Eastern Conference teams
7-2 over the total when hosting Eastern Conference opponents
10-5 at home against the Capitals
6-3 over the total at Enterprise Center in their series with Washington
Washington Capitals vs. St. Louis Blues Free Picks
In this situation you can get a good Washington team that will offer the better NHL betting lines value as the road club. Both teams are capable if not even so the road team naturally will bring a better price. St. Louis was the ultimate Cinderella team last year and will no longer catch opponents napping.
Capitals vs. Blues NHL Odds Best Bet: Washington Capitals
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