Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 19): Capitals vs Stars Prediction
December 19 will bring a busy night of NHL action. Ten games will be on the board. Vegas hosts the league-leading Lightning on Tuesday night, which highlights the schedule. Here are my best bets for Tuesday night. Odds can be found at BetOnline. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight.
Washington Capitals vs Dallas Stars Prediction
After struggling early in the season, Washington has battled back to the top of the Metropolitan Division standings. The Capitals are 21-12-1 this season. Dallas has been a solid team, but they have struggled in a difficult Central Division. Dallas has gone 18-14-2, which places them fifth-place in the Central.
This game marks the first of two matchups between the Stars and Capitals. This game will be the first home game for the Stars since early December 9. Dallas just finished up a four-game road trip, which they went 2-1-1 on. Washington has won ten of their last twelve games. This game will be the first game in a four-game road trip for the Capitals. Both the Stars and Capitals are built in very similar ways. Each team has a very strong offense, with a solid goaltender to keep the team in games. The biggest difference between the two teams is that the Capitals have the better setup.
Washington is led by Alex Ovechkin, who leads in goals and points. Ovechkin has scored twenty-three times and he has added fourteen assists. Evgeny Kuznetsov is right behind Ovechkin with thirty-six points on the season. Kuznetsov has scored eleven times. Nicklas Backstrom rounds out the top-three in points with twenty-seven
The Stars top guys are Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. Both players have twenty-nine points. Seguin has fourteen goals, while Benn has thirteen. Alexander Radulov and John Klingberg are tied for third in points with twenty-seven. Radulov has eleven goals on the season. Klingberg leads the team in assists with twenty-three. Ben Bishop is expected to be the guy in net for the Stars. Bishop was brought in during the offseason to fix the Stars goaltending issue. He has played solid in net, but has not posted his best numbers. Bishop has a .910 save percentage and a GAA of 2.71.
Washington Capitals (+107) at Dallas Stars (-118)
The Capitals are likely to start Braden Holtby in net on Tuesday night. Holtby is coming off an elite season where he led Washington to the Presidents trophy. Holtby is not playing at the same high level as last year, but he is still posting good numbers. He has a save percentage of .919 and a GAA of 2.63.
The Capitals have the better top offensive guys as well as a better goalie. The Stars are outmatched in this game. It will take a great team performance if Dallas wants to get the win at home. Dallas is listed at -118, which implies they win this game fifty-four percent of the time. I believe the Capitals are the better team and that should reflect in the line. I like Washington on the road in this game.