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It was a great start to our daily NHL picks as we notched both of the games we predicted to start the season off on a perfect note. The Rangers and Devils ended up going to overtime after New York scored two goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation to push the game into extra time. However the Rangers were able to claim the victory in the extra frame in defenceman Kevin Klein’s winner. Our other pick had the Winnipeg Jets beating the visiting Carolina Hurricanes in regulation time and that is exactly what transpired as the Jets got ahead early and never looked back in a 3-1 victory at the MTS Center.
Tonight we will focus on just one game as the Washington Capitals look to stay perfect in regulation time over the Edmonton Oilers.
Washington Capitals @ Edmonton Oilers
My Pick – CAPITALS (-145) @ 5dimes.eu
The Washington Capitals travel to oil country tonight to do battle with the Edmonton Oilers who are fresh off their first victory of the young NHL season. Washington has yet to lose in regulation time this year and therefore have grabbed a point in every game of the season. As most predicted the Capitals have come out of the gates strong in terms of scoring goals as they average almost 3 and a half per game, but what new head coach Barry Trotz has brought to this team is a strong defensive mind. The Caps are giving up less than two goals against per game so far and even Alex Ovechkin has bought into this newly installed defensive system. The great 8 was -35 last season and so far this year he has shown his new coach that he is in fact capable of playing both ends of the ice as his modest +1 rating so far would indicate. He also leads his team in goals and points so far this season as well. The Oilers managed their first win of the season over Tampa Bay on Monday night, but this team has been plagued by a severe lack of consistency in recent seasons. Even after holding Steven Stamkos off the score sheet Monday, the Oilers still are giving up almost 4.5 goals per game this season as their defence and goaltending still have plenty of room for improvement. A lack of defence and goaltending can be a big problem when the Capitals are in town and that is evidenced by Washington scoring 8 goals in two games against Edmonton last season. I highly doubt Edmonton can keep two of the games best goal scorers off the scoreboard in consecutive games, so I will advise taking the Capitals tonight to continue their hot play and beat the Oilers on the road.