After decades of chasing the holy grail of hockey, the Washington Capitals finally made it happen in 2018. The perennial contender in the NHL postseason was finally able to win what had eluded the franchise for so long — the Stanley Cup.
As fans begin to return to support the teams they love across the US, we fully expect Capital One Arena to be rocking again in seasons to come. There also might be another significant attraction to help pack them in. There’s now a sportsbook inside the arena, so those who go see a Caps game in person will have access to a betting window.
Caps fans in Virginia can also take care of business a lot closer to home with legal online sportsbooks and betting apps now live. In this guide to betting on the Capitals online in VA, we’ll cover what you need to know about the team, its history and show you the best Washington Capitals odds you can find at online sportsbooks.
Each time the Capitals step on the ice, you can bet on the outcome of the game and dozens of events or outcomes within it. Sportsbooks release NHL game lines with plenty of time to spare, but the odds can fluctuate before the puck drops for the opening faceoff. Check our live feed below for the best available Washington Capitals betting odds from top VA sportsbooks.
The Capitals finally hoisted Lord Stanley’s chalice at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season. While the first Stanley Cup victory was a long time coming, it also unleashed a hunger for even more. Check the live odds feed from VA online sportsbooks below for the best available Caps Stanley Cup odds below. Click on any odds to claim your bonus and open a new account at any sportsbook.
You can bet on the outcome of each and every Capitals game from the regular season through the Stanley Cup playoffs. There are also several other popular markets to explore, including props and futures.
You can generally find props at online sportsbooks or apps by clicking through on the individual game listings. Once you do that, you’ll see all of the bets available. Prop bets usually revolve around players, teams or the game as a whole. Here are some examples.
For futures, you can place your bets on how you think the Capitals will do for the season as a whole. Odds for futures come out in the offseason, and many of the biggest markets stay active all year round. Here are some futures odds to consider.
As bets flow in, futures odds fluctuate. It’s good practice to check futures odds regularly, but you also can simply bet once and hold your ticket with the long-term view in mind.
The club was the top team in the Metropolitan Division for the 2019-20 campaign, edging out the Philadelphia Flyers by a single point.
For the Eastern Conference as a whole, the club came in third behind the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. It didn’t translate into postseason success, as the club was bounced by the New York Islanders in the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Here are the statistical leaders for what turned out to be a disappointing campaign.
The Capitals remain loaded with talent on both the front and back end, though. As has been the case throughout his tenure in Washington, Ovechkin is the engine that makes the offense go. Carlson is a key cog on defense, while Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom headline a talented supporting cast.
For the individual player award races, Ovechkin is more than worthy of consideration for a futures bet on winning the Hart Trophy for league MVP, a trick he has turned three times in his legendary career. A Vezina Trophy run for Holtby can’t be ruled out, either, as he received the nod as the NHL’s top goalie after the 2015-16 season.
The NHL schedule for the 2020-21 campaign remains a work in progress. However, we can lean on the structure that the league follows for an 82-game season for a glimpse at what the coming season holds for the Capitals.
The first priority is the division, as the top three finishers receive a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Here are the other seven squads in the Metropolitan Division and how the Caps fared against them in the 2019-20 regular season.
The Caps should be among the favorites in the Metro once again, but it’s a competitive division. For reference, six of the eight teams finished within 10 points of one another in the final 2019-20 regular season standings.
The next NHL Entry Draft is scheduled for Oct. 6-7, 2020. Washington is scheduled for the 25th pick in round one, so it’ll be interesting to see if the team can snag a gem at that spot. Over the past five years, the Caps have had four picks in round one. Here’s how they spent them:
The Capitals have been a contender for several years running, and that doesn’t happen unless a team drafts well. Looking back, the team formed its core by nailing several of its selections.
The club has complemented its solid draft record with key free agent acquisitions and trades through the years. Add it all up, and it’s not too tough to see why the team has qualified for the postseason in 12 of the last 13 seasons.
Peter Laviolette has been hired to lead the way for the Capitals in the 2020-21 NHL season. He was most recently head coach for the Nashville Predators. Laviolette has made several stops during his career.
The biggest highlight was a Stanley Cup win as the head coach for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06. Naturally, there may be some changes to the rest of the staff with someone new in charge, but the current crop of assistants looks like this.
If we look back over the last five hires for the Capitals on the head coaching front, there have been some swings and misses.
Trotz led the team to the Stanley Cup in 2018 and a pair of Presidents’ Trophies during his tenure, while Boudreau snagged a Presidents’ Trophy during his time, as well. Trotz and Boudreau won the Jack Adams Award for top NHL coach in 2016 and 2008, respectively.
When the Capitals entered the NHL in 1974, they played home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. The 18,130-seat facility would remain as home base until 1997, which was the year that the team’s new digs opened up.
Formerly known as the MCI Center from 1997-2006 and as the Verizon Center from 2006-17, here’s what you need to know about the venue for Capitals home games.
NBC Sports Washington is the broadcast home for Washington Capitals games. Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin call the action, while Alan May and Al Koken report from rinkside.
NBCSW is a part of numerous cable, satellite and streaming packers in the DC-Virginia area, but you should confirm availability prior to subscribing to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.
NHL games are also carried by national outlets, so you might catch a Caps game there, as well. NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network are the best places to look. Subscription service ESPN+ also covers select NHL contests throughout the season.
During the postseason, other channels in the NBCUniversal family may carry playoff games as well, a list that includes USA Network. NBC Sports Washington also provides a live stream of Capitals games online, as well as via the NBC Sports Live app.
For another streaming option, check out NHL.tv. It’s a subscription service that carries feeds of games, but note that local blackout rules may apply when the game is carried elsewhere.
On the radio side, 106.7 WJFK-FM — also known as The Fan — out of Manassas, Va., is the flagship station for Capitals games. John Walton and Ken Sabourin handle the coverage for the broadcasts, while Ben Raby serves as the studio host.
The feed of the games is picked up by a number of other stations across the region, so you shouldn’t have any trouble picking it up in your area.
You can also find the audio feed for Capitals games through the TuneIn radio app, or at CapsRadio247.com.
From 1974 to the present, it has been a long and winding road for the Capitals. While the team has made it to the postseason numerous times over that span, there is just one Stanley Cup title on the resume. Here’s a look at some of the key dates in franchise history.
The Capitals have contributed plenty to NHL lore through the years, and a number of all-time greats have suited up for the franchise. Here are some of the more notable team and player facts and records from Capitals history.
Unsurprisingly, Ovechkin is all over the Capitals record book. The franchise great shouldn’t have to wait too long for his number to hang from the rafters, or for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame once he hangs up the skates for the final time.
The Capitals are owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, a group led by Ted Leonsis. Back in 1999, Leonsis paid roughly $85 million to acquire the team. He also purchased a stake in Washington Sports & Entertainment, the holding company of previous owner Abe Pollin. Leonsis has since gone on to also become the owner of the Washington Wizards and several other local teams.
On the low end, you can get single-game tickets in the cheap seats for $20, while private suites can run into the thousands. The average price for game tickets is $118, but prices can vary depending on the opponent, day and game time.
The Capitals won their only Stanley Cup in 2018, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights four games to one. The team made it to the finals in 1998 before being swept by the Detroit Red Wings. The club has made it as far as the conference finals one other time, losing to the Boston Bruins in four games in 1990.
According to the latest NHL franchise valuations from Forbes, the Capitals carry a price tag of $775 million. That leaves them in ninth place among NHL clubs. The New York Rangers top the list at $1.65 billion, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs at $1.5 billion and the Montreal Canadiens at $1.34 billion. The Arizona Coyotes bring up the rear in 31st place with a value of $300 million.
Washington has retired four numbers to date.
The official Twitter handle for the Washington Capitals is @Capitals. The team could previously be found @washcaps, but the handle was changed in 2016. Washington also maintains a presence on other major social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
That honor belongs to franchise legend Alex Ovechkin, whose jersey consistently ranks as one of the best-selling year after year. Since being selected with the top overall pick by the Caps in 2004, Ovechkin has rewritten the team record books, earned numerous individual honors and helped lead the team to its first Stanley Cup title in 2018.
Braden Holtby led the way in net for the Capitals in the 2019-20 season. He has spent his entire pro career with the team since being selected by Washington in the 2008 NHL draft. Holtby may be testing the waters in free agency, but rookie Ilya Samsonov showed some promise when he was between the pipes last season.