February 12, Washington Capitals had another unsuccessful match and lost at home to New York Islanders (3-5). It is interesting that the Capitals were losing 1-5 already at the middle of the game. Home statistics looks devastating. The match against Colorado Avalanche will be on the road on February 14. But what to expect from an away game, if home results leave much to be desired?
The result of the latest match moved Washington to the 3rd place in the Eastern Conference table. It is obvious that the team will make it to playoffs. But what could be the reason of recent breakdowns? Prior to their match against the Islanders, the Capitals lost to Philadelphia Flyers at home with even more devastating score (2-7). Alexander Ovechkin, by the way, is on the verge of scoring 700 career goals. The whole world expects him to cross the line and join the 700-goal club. We cannot say for sure, but perhaps, these expectations put a lot of pressure on him. His latest match, Alexander finished with the coefficient of efficiency -4, thus repeating his worst results of this season. Neither of his six shots were on target.
Starting from February 14 the Caps will play the series of on-the-road matches against Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights. The situation is complicated by the fact that one of the most scoring forwards of Washington, Evgeny Kuznetsov, is injured and more likely will miss these games.
Perfectly balanced, the Avalanche occupy the second place of the Western Conference table. They are only one point away from the leader, St. Louis Blues. The team has 200 scored goals and 154 conceded goals in 55 games. Now Colorado Avalanche are on five-game winning streak, 4 of which were on the road. The latest game was at home. Then, Colorado defeated Ottawa Senators 3-0. It is confirmed that Colin Wilson will not be able to play in this match. The participation of another player, Nazem Kadri, is still in question.
Let’s not deny the fact that Washington Capitals are in a very bad shape. And it is likely that the absence of one of the key forwards will not add players any confidence. Colorado Avalanche, on the contrary, are on the rise.
They are motivated to move the leaders from the first place. And it will happen if they win this match. So, our prediction is the victory of the Avalanche (W1) with a great advantage.