Washington Capitals will host Calgary Flames in the NHL 2021/22 regular season on Saturday afternoon. The hosts look forward to another good display that should lead them to a victory. The away side hopes to enter a winning streak and start climbing on the table.
Washington heads to this match after a success on the road against New Jersey Devils played on Thursday evening. They return to Capital One Arena, where they want to continue winning. On the other hand, Calgary broke their losing streak after being better from Detroit Red Wings in their latest match. They go on another trip, hoping to get back home with an important victory.
Washington Capitals – Will they remain dominant at home?
The Capitals enjoy a good start to the new season, as they suffered just one defeat in the first four rounds. Washington opened the campaign with a win against the Rangers, while the only loss came against the defending champions after overtime. However, the hosts managed to bounce back and celebrate a pair of wins in the following two matches. The Capitals sit on the top of the Metropolitan Division with a 3-0-1 record, and they want to remain in the same position. Vitek Vanecek led Washington to a victory against New Jersey with a .962 save percentage, conceding only once in the match.
On the other hand, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov were the most active in Washington’s offense in their latest clash. Kuznetsov scored once and had an assist, while Ovechkin had a pair of assists. Ovechkin dominates the stats for the hosts, as he has eight points, scoring four times this season. Kuznetsov has logged five assists so far, while Vitek Vanecek has a very good .946 save percentage in three appearances.
Expected Line-Up: Vitek Vanecek, Martin Fehervary, John Carlson, Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov
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Calgary Flames – Can they celebrate another away win?
The Flames opened the campaign with two straight defeats, but they managed to bounce back in the latest round. The away side celebrated a 3-0 victory against Detroit Red Wings on the road and improved to a 1-1-1 record. Their first outing this season wasn’t successful, as they lost to Edmonton Oilers 5-2 before suffering another defeat against Anaheim Ducks at home. Calgary is now fifth in the Pacific Division, and they want to fight for a post-season ticket.
Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane, and Matthew Tkachuk scored one goal each in Calgary’s winning effort, while Johnny Gaudreau had two assists. Jacob Markstrom had a perfect evening between the pipes, as he managed to keep his net intact after 33 opponent shots. Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames offense with four assists this season, while Elias Lindholm has scored three goals so far. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made appearances in all three matches this season and has a .924 save percentage, conceding 2.3 goals per match on average.
Expected Line-Up: Jacob Markstrom, Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin, Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau
Expert Pick #1 – Washington Capitals to win @-162
The Capitals return home to play their fourth game in front of their crowd this season. They lost only to the Lightning after overtime and were pretty confident against the Rangers and the Avalanche. I expect them to continue with good home displays, and they should celebrate another victory. I’ll take them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 6 @-105
The Over cashed just once this season for both of the sides, and I believe we won’t see an efficient clash on Saturday afternoon. Washington has been pretty disciplined in the defense, while the Flames managed to keep their net intact away to the Devils. I think we shouldn’t see more than six goals in this clash, and it’s going to be my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Capitals to win in regular time @-103
My third pick will provide a bit higher odds, and I believe Washington can see off their opponents in the regular time. They didn’t have too many problems against the Rangers and the Avalanche, and I expect them to keep up where they left off.