Caps Vie to Hold the Met Ahead of Hockey Playoff OddsPosted by: Charlie Smith
With the official start of the hockey playoff odds on the horizon, fans are beginning to feel the excitement that comes hand-in-hand with eliminatory play. All over the league teams are putting it all on the line in an effort to clinch a spot in the playoffs. There isn’t a division that’s free from drama but there’s no denying that things are more heated in the Metropolitan than anywhere else.
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Those who had been attentively watching the action unfold in the Metropolitan have been treated to one of the most dramatic tenures in sportsbook history. Throughout the season, it seemed like each week there was a new team leading the Metropolitan and now, less than a month away from the start of the postseason, things are more heated than ever before.
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Heading into Tuesday’s NHL betting action, the Metropolitan is led by a two-way tie between the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets. After competing in 71 contests this season, both teams have amassed 100 points. If that’s not enough to gain your attention; the Pittsburgh Penguins are on both teams’ heels with their tally of 99 points. The Blue Jackets will stay off the ice until Wednesday, but the Penguins and Capitals will be competing Tuesday to help improve their hockey playoff odds.
Flames vs. Capitals – Tuesday, March 21, 2017
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW, Washington, DC
TV: CSN-DC, SNW
Online NHL Betting Odds:
Calgary Flames +1 ½ (-175) 5 (-140) +165
Washington Capitals -1 ½ (+155) 5 (+120) -190
After competing in 72 contests this season, the Flames come into Tuesday night’s matchup sporting a 41-27-4 record that ranks the franchise 4th in the Pacific Division. Calgary failed to qualify for the postseason last year and the Flames are hoping to refrain from making it two in a row. The way they have been playing is certainly conducive to that goal; the Flames have only lost 1 game in their last 13 contests.
Calgary comes into this contest sporting the league’s 14th best offense thanks to their average of 2.7 goals scored per game. Likewise, the Flames’ defense ranks as the 13th best in the NHL thanks to their average of 2.7 goals allowed per contest.
As aforementioned, the Capitals have 100 points on the season thanks to their record of 46-17-8. Due to the Penguins competing as well, the Capitals will be feeling the heat Tuesday evening. If Washington fails to pull out a factory, the Penguins can pass them by two-points.
With an average of 3.2 goals scored per game, Washington has the 3rd best offense in the league. On top of that, the Caps have the best defense in the NHL thanks to only allowing 2.2 goals per game.