Free NHL Picks for Tonight (Nov 20): Flames vs Capitals Prediction
Another hockey weekend has come and gone. Now we start off the week with a packed Monday night. Six games fill the schedule Monday. Here are my free NHL picks for November 20. Odds and lines can be found at BetOnline.
Calgary Flames (+127) at Washington Capitals (-140)
The Flames will continue their six-game road trip with a visit to Washington on Monday night. Calgary has been heating up as of late, sitting at a 11-8 record. Calgary sits in third place in the Pacific Division. Washington has been a very up and down team this season. The Capitals have been inconsistent, which has put the Capitals in a disappointing spot. Washington sits in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division with a 11-9-1 record.
Calgary will enter Monday night’s match after an impressive come from behind win in Philadelphia on Saturday. The Flames found themselves in a 3-1 hole after the first period, but a second period hat trick by Sean Monahan helped the Flames tie it at 4-4. The game would need extra time in which Michael Frolik would score the game winner. Sean Monahan finished the night with four points. Johnny Gaudreau also had an impressive night, scoring a goal and adding two assists.
Washington finished off the Wild’s hot streak on Saturday night. The Capitals jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first period and held off the Wild from there. Washington sealed the deal with a third period power play goal by Kuznetsov. Holtby would end up the hero allowing only one goal on thirty-one shots.
This will mark the second matchup between these two teams. Calgary took the first matchup at home by a score of 2-1. Sean Monahan scored the game winning goal halfway through the third period. Johnny Gaudreau added two assists on the night. Both Philip Grubauer and Mike Smith put up solid performances in net.
Goalies could play a large role once again in Monday’s game. Braden Holtby and Mike Smith are expected to get the starts for their teams. Holtby has posted a .921 save percentage and a GAA of 2.56 on the season. Mike Smith has posted very similar numbers. He has a .919 save percentage to go along with a 2.70 GAA.
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have done a tremendous job leading the Flames. Gaudreau has put up twenty-nine points on the season, nine of them being goals. Monahan leads the team in goals with eleven. He has added nine assists as well. Matthew Tkachuk will be back in the lineup after serving his one game suspension. Tkachuk could be a huge presence with his gritty play.
Calgary Flames vs Washington Capitals Prediction
The Capitals enter the matchup with Alex Ovechkin continuing to lead the team in goals. Ovechkin has scored thirteen times on the season. Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the team in points with twenty-three. The Capitals will be looking for Nicklas Backstrom to get going. He has not been performing at the high level he usually does as a center for Alex Ovechkin.
The two points in this matchup are up for grabs. Both teams could use the two points as they are trying to get higher up in their respected divisions. As an underdog in this matchup, I believe the Flames are the best bet. Calgary was able to take down Washington earlier this year and the Capitals have not been as good as they were last year.