Capitals Look to Remain Sportsbook’s No. 1Posted by: Charlie Smith
Online NHL betting fans who tuned in for the contest between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Detroit Red Wings witnessed a massive collision between Andreas Athanasiou and Hurricanes’ goalkeeper Eddie Lack. Athanasiou was checked by a Carolina defender and collided with Lack, sending Lack out of the game on a stretcher.
Since then, the keeper has slightly recovered, and has full feeling in his extremities. The news is comforting, especially in an age where so much care has been placed on head trauma, and rightfully so. But since Lack is now fully recovered, it’s safe to say that the collision the Blackhawks suffered when they ran into Chicago was the most colossal hit of the night.
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The Blackhawks, who have clawed their way to the top of the Central Division, faced off against the Lightning Monday night. Although online sportsbooks were favoring the Blackhawks, Tampa Bay was able to stun Chicago, beating the Hawks 5-4 in overtime. Although this doesn’t knock Chicago out of 1st place, it does leave the door open for the Minnesota Wild to do so. And they’ll get that to open that door further Tuesday night when they square off against the Washington Capitals.
Washington vs. Minnesota – Tuesday, March 28
When: 8:00 pm ET
Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
TV: CSNB (Away), FSN (Home)
Online NHL Betting Odds:
Washington -1 ½ (+250) 5 ½ (+120) -120
Minnesota +1 ½ (-300) 5 ½ (-140) EV
After competing in 74 games this season, Washington comes into this contest sporting a 49-17-8 record that nets the franchise the most points in the NHL with 106. Because of this, the online NHL betting lines have come out in favor of Washington, although they’re not exactly ruling out the Wild.
The Capitals have won 4 in a row and have gone 5-1 in their last 6 games. To help keep the winning trend going the Caps will turn to leading point-scorer Nicklas Backstrom and leading goal-scorer Alex Ovechkin. Washington comes into this contest with the NHL’s 2nd best offense, and No. 1 overall defense.
Earlier in the season, it was the Wild who were commandeering the Central Division. However, midway through the season, those who bet on NHL games witnessed the Blackhawks put on an impressive streak that culminated in Chicago taking hold of the division. Since then Minnesota has fallen apart, but they remain hopeful that they can still usurp the No. 1 seed.
After competing in 75 games this season, the Wild slide into this contest flashing a 44-24-7 record that nets the franchise 95 points. That tally places Minnesota 8 points behind Chicago – a considerable amount but not insurmountable.
The Wild have played pretty horrendously lately. Minnesota enters this contest riding a 3-game losing streak and have posted a 3-11 record for the month of March.
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