NHL Games - Maple Leafs at Capitals and Red Wings at Wild

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

By Kyle Markus
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals are both among the better teams in the Eastern Conference. They are each trying to stay as high as possible in the standings but there is a muddled mix of contenders. The Capitals will host the Maple Leafs this weekend in a pivotal NHL Game of the Week on NBC.

The Wild has found similar success in the Western Conference and is closing in on a playoff berth. Minnesota will host a Detroit Red Wings team that is a longshot to make it to the postseason at this point.

Let’s look at the two games in more detail on NHL odds.

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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals

Date and Time: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

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Maple Leafs at Capitals TV Coverage: NBC

The Maple Leafs have a 39-20-6 record and have accumulated 84 points in 65 games. They are currently in second place in the West but have played at least two more games than the other playoff contenders. Toronto needs to keep registering wins to remain ahead of the pack. The Maples Leafs have been rolling of late with a record of 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.

The Capitals are 35-21-7 and have registered 77 points in 63 games. Washington only has a positive goal-differential of six on the season so may be outplaying its true talent level. The Capitals are 21-9-2 at home on the season.

Key Stat

70. That’s the number of points Alex Ovechkin has accumulated on the season as he remains one of the best players in the NHL. The Capitals’ left winger has 38 goals on the season and 32 assists.

He had two goals in the team’s most recent game against the Sabres. Toronto has the stronger team overall but Ovechkin is a star and if he is able to find the net a couple of times it could really turn the tide.

Maple Leafs vs. Capitals Free Picks

This is a pretty even matchup with Washington at home. Look for this one to go to overtime, and there will be more goals than the oddsmakers expect.

Maple Leafs vs. Capitals ATS Pick: “Over” the goal total

Maple Leafs vs. Capitals Score Prediction: Capitals 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT)

Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild

Date and Time: Sunday, March 4, 2018, 7 p.m. ET

Location: Xcel Energy Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Red Wings vs. Wild TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network

The Red Wings enter with a record of 26-26-10 through 62 games for a total of 62 points. Detroit is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings have gone 5-3-2 in their past 10 games but haven’t put enough consistency this season to be considered a legitimate postseason contender.

The Wild is in better shape with a 35-20-7 record for 77 points through 62 games. Minnesota has won four consecutive games and is 7-1-2 in its past 10 contest. The Wild has been very good at home on the season which should give it confidence heading into this one against an inferior foe.

Key Stat

2.6. That’s the number of goals per game the Red Wings are averaging, which is one of the worst marks in the NHL. Detroit is struggling to find impact pieces which is a main reason it is near the bottom of the standings in the East.

Dylan Larkin leads the team with 46 points while Anthony Mantha has a team-best 20 goals, but they are not getting enough help.

Red Wings vs. Wild Free Picks

Don’t over-think this one. Minnesota is the better team and also gets this game at home, which means it should be able to cruise to the victory.

Red Wings vs. Wild ATS Pick: Wild to win this gameRed Wings vs. Wild Score Prediction: Wild 4, Red Wings 1
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