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Canucks vs Capitals Odds, Predictions and Best NHL Pick for Sunday (Jan 16)

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NHL Hockey

Jan 15, 2022 · 5:09 PM PST

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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with teammates after the Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 2-0 in an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y.. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • The Washington Capitals are -200 home favorites over the Vancouver Canucks
  • Washington is 1-3-1 straight up over the club’s last five  home games
  • Vancouver has lost its last three games in a row – see below who we like

The Vancouver Canucks are embroiled in a losing streak. Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals just escaped a skid of their own.

These two NHL teams from opposite coasts get together on Sunday. Vancouver is currently 0-3 on a five-game road trip. Washington blanked the New York Islanders 2-0 on Saturday to halt an 0-2-2 skid.

It’s the hometown Capitals that oddsmakers like to skate away with the two points in this Sunday afternoon clash. The Canucks are 1-4 straight up in their last five visits to Washington.

Canucks vs Capitals Odds

Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Puck Line Total
Sunday Jan. 16 Vancouver Canucks +170 +1.5 (-150) O 6 (-105)
2pm Washington Capitals -200 -1.5 (+130) U 6 (-115)

Odds as of January 15th at DraftKings.

Sunday’s puck drop is slated for 2pm ET at Capital One Arena. The broadcast of the game is being carried by the NHL Network.

Canucks vs Capitals NHL Betting Trends

After starting 7-0 under new coach Bruce Boudreau, Vancouver has now gone 1-3-1 in the last five games. Boudreau is three games shy of 1,000 NHL games coached. He was behind Washington’s bench for 329 of those games.

Canucks captain Bo Horvat shows 5-3-8 totals over the past 12 games. Center JT Miller has 16 points over the last 14 games.

Canucks vs Capitals Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
1/9/2018 Washington 3 Vancouver 1 WAS WAS Under
10/22/2018 Vancouver 2 Washington 5 WAS WAS Over
2/5/2019 Washington 3 Vancouver 2 WAS VAN Under
10/25/2019 Vancouver 5 Washington 6 (SO) WAS VAN Over
11/23//2019 Washington 1 Vancouver 2 (SO) WAS VAN Under

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin has points in the last three games. He’s two points away from tying Mike Modano for 24th on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. Ovechkin is tied for the NHL lead in points (53), is second in goals (25) and tied for seventh in assists (28).

The Capitals haven’t suffered consecutive regulation losses in 54 games, a streak that began on April 9, 2021.

Canucks vs Capitals Injury Report

Vancouver goaltender Jaroslav Halak (COVID-19 protocol) is out. Forwards Alex Chiasson, Justin Dowling and Ashton Sautner are also in COVID-19 protocol.

Canucks forwards Micheal Ferland (concussion) and Brandon Sutter (illness) and defensemen Travis Hamonic (lower-body injury) and Brady Keeper (leg) are all out.

Defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Carl Hagelin each have been out the past two games for Washington after entering COVID-19 protocol. Forward Anthony Mantha (shoulder surgery) has missed the past 28 games.

Demko An All-Star For Vancouver

Halak was to have started Vancouver’s last game, a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.  However, once Halak tested positive for COVID-19 in the morning, that put Thatcher Demko in goal and taxi-squad member Spencer Martin on the bench as his backup.

Without Halak, it’s unlikely the Canucks will throw Martin to the wolves in the second game of back to backs. Demko will be Vancouver’s rep in the NHL All-Star Game. He’s far and away been the Canucks’ best player this season. Demko is 6-1 in his last seven starts.

Canucks vs Capitals Projected Starting Goalies

Team Goalie Record SV% GAA
Canucks Thatcher Demko 15-14-1 .914 2.70
Capitals Ilya Samsonov 13-3-3 .903 2.76

Making his first start since Dec. 19, Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves as the Capitals blanked the Islanders on Saturday. That almost certainly means that Washington will be going back to #1 goalie Ilya Samsonov for Sunday’s game.

Samsonov is just 2-2-2 over his last six decisions. However, Samsonov is 7-1-1 at home this season.

Canucks vs Capitals Prediction

This will be the first meeting between the Canucks and Capitals since Nov. 23, 2019. Vancouver took a 2-1 shootout decision in that one to end a four-game slide against Washington.

Each of the past three games ended in one-goal decisions, the last two via shootout. The Canucks are 1-4 straight up in their past five games at Capital One Arena. Vancouver hasn’t won successive games from Washington since 2014.

Pick: Washington Capitals ML (-200)

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