Calgary Flames (1-1-0) vs. Washington Capitals (0-1-0)
Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals 10/16/23 – The Calgary Flames will face off against the Washington Capitals in what should be an electric NHL clash. Both teams are hoping to build off an impressive start, with Flames currently boasting a record of 1-1-0 and Capitals sitting 0-1-0 respectively. As they face-off at Capital One Arena, NHL action abounds and you don’t want to miss our latest free NHL predictions and take an edge in betting! Stay up-to-date on our free predictions to stay ahead of your betting odds.
The Flames have shown glimpses of brilliance on offense this season, particularly led by team captain Andrew Mangiapane’s two goals and two assists in just two games for an impressive 66.7 shooting percentage. Elias Lindholm and Jonathan Huberdeau pose significant threats, with Lindholm playing an average of 20:48 minutes on ice per game; thus the Capitals defense must focus on these key players to contain Calgary’s offense.
On the other hand, the Capitals boast their own set of offensive strengths. Although their stats in their initial game don’t present them in an attractive light – Dylan Strome, Martin Fehervary, and Alex Ovechkin having yet to register any scores – don’t take them lightly: their potential lies within exploiting any weak spots in Flames defense with Ovechkin’s legendary shooting prowess as an asset.
Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals 10/16/23 Game Info
|When:||Monday, October 16, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET|
|Where:||Capital One Arena|
Goaltender Jacob Markstrom vs. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren
Jacob Markstrom has shown great resilience so far this season for the Flames, recording a save percentage of 0.892 over two games with a respectable goals against average of 3.57 in just seven goals conceded, including seven conceded by Washington Capitals forward Ovechkin who threatens offensive powerhouse status. Markstrom will need to anticipate shots and command his crease with ease against such powerful opposition as this game against them looms large in this match-up.
On the opposite end, Charlie Lindgren stands as a relative newcomer in the Capitals’ net, especially compared to Markstrom. Lindgren has faced 35 shots and conceded 4 goals so far this season for a save percentage of 0.886; these stats highlight areas for improvement when facing offensive threats like those found with Calgary Flames players; however, their defensive line can help by restricting quality chances from Flames shooters so as to ensure Lindgren doesn’t become overwhelmed by high-danger shots; this game could serve as an ideal chance for Lindgren to demonstrate growth as well as demonstrate potential as reliable goalie for Capitals goaltender.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: Calgary Flames -109, Total Odds: 6.5
Current betting odds show the Flames to be slight favorites over their rival Capitals in this match-up, as their puckline stands at -1.5 with +215 odds suggesting it may be close contest. Bettors might want to keep an eye out on the total, which stands at 6.5, since both teams have demonstrated an ability to go over or under in recent matches.
Calgary Flames Betting Trends
The Flames have had mixed results recently. While their total has gone UNDER in four of six games they’ve played since April 4, their matchup against Washington Capitals was particularly tumultuous at 2-6 straight up (SU). Furthermore, road games generally tend to feature high scoring affairs with 12 out of 18 totaling over. Furthermore, performance against Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division opponents hasn’t been impressive either.
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
The Capitals have been on the losing end more often than not in their last 10 games, recording just 1-9 SU. This indicates a potential vulnerability; however, their games tend to feature high scoring totals; 13 of 17 matches went over their total. Their home record against Flames however looks promising: 4-2 SU for 6 matches against them!
Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitals 10/16/23 Betting Picks
Examining recent performances and betting trends, it seems the Flames may hold a slight edge due to their players’ current form. But one shouldn’t underestimate the Capitals when playing on home soil!
For those in search of expert premium picks, the Flames may make for an appealing option, while considering Washington Capitals’ unpredictable and potentially high scoring nature an overbet on the 6.5 total might be wiser.
Free Pick and Prediction: Calgary Flames 4, Washington Capitals 3.