Free NHL Picks Today: Washington Capitals vs Detroit Red Wings 12/19/22

Free NHL Picks Today: Washington Capitals vs Detroit Red Wings 12/19/22
Mon 19th December 2022

The Detroit Red Wings (13-11-6) will be looking to end their losing streak when they are on the road to take on the Washington Capitals (16-13-4) at Capital One Arena on Monday. Detroit is coming off a high-scoring 6-3 loss against the Senators on Saturday, their fifth consecutive defeat.

The Red Wings committed five penalties in the game, conceding three power play goals. Joe Veleno, Adam Erne, and Filip Hronek each scored once for the Red Wings. Ville Husso only had 22 saves on 27 shots against (.814%) in the loss.

Washington beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 on Saturday. Erik Gustafsson scored a hat trick to lead the Capitals. Charlie Lindgren saved 34 of 36 shots in the win (.944%).


The Red Wings won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 3-1 victory in November. Andrew Copp and Dylan Larkin each had two points (1G 1A) to lead Detroit. Alex Ovechkin scored Washington’s only goal. Husso got the win, saving 33 of 34 shots (.970%).


Detroit is averaging 2.90 goals per game for the season, 24th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Capitals team that is allowing 2.85 goals a game (12th). Meanwhile, Washington has found the net 3.03 times a game on average, 21st in the league, and the Red Wings are allowing opponents to score 3.17 goals per game (18th).

The Capitals’ 21.82% power play percentage ranks 17th in the league, while the Red Wings are 23rd with a conversion rate of 19.82%. In terms of defending power plays, Washington has the league’s ninth-ranked PK% at 80.65%, while Detroit is 21st at 76.40%.


Larkin and Dominik Kubalik have been the top skaters for the Red Wings this season with 27 and 26 points. Both have 10 goals. Larkin also has 17 assists, while Kubalik has set up 16 goals for teammates. In the net, Husso (11-5-4) is Detroit’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 2.48 GAA and a .918% save percentage. Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring with 35 points. He has 20 goals (6th) and 15 assists in 33 games. Darcy Kuemper (8-9-2) has the best goals against average for Washington at 2.56. He has a save percentage of .916%.


Detroit is looking to snap a three-game losing streak away from home this season. Washington is 9-5-1 at Capital One Arena this season.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Washington Capitals (-175)

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