Washington Capitals Odds

Washington Capitals

After decades of chasing the holy grail of hockey, the 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.

Capital One Arena will also be rocking in seasons to come as there’s now a sportsbook inside the arena, so those who go see a Caps game in person will have access to both a betting window and betting apps on their phone.

Below find the best Washington Capitals odds as posted at online sportsbooks plus key betting insights from their latest games.

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Next Up: Florida Panthers

  • Game Day: Friday, May 13, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Arena: Capital One Arena

Betting Insights For The Panthers Game

  • On average, the Capitals score 3.3 goals in a game (10th in league), and the Panthers allow 3.0 (12th).
  • Washington is +28 overall in terms of goals this season, 13th in the league.
  • The Capitals average 7.5 penalty minutes per game (26th in NHL), and 3.5 penalties per game (20th).

Washington's Last 10 Games

Overall Record ATS Record O/U/P AVG Total AVG Goals Scored AVG Goals Allowed
5-5-0 4-6 4-6-0 6.1 3.00 2.50

Betting Lines And Odds For Capitals Vs. Panthers

Panthers vs Capitals Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Spread Total
Panthers -180 +149 FLA -1.5 6.5

Capitals Betting Trends

  • Washington has claimed an upset victory 16 times when playing as the moneyline underdog this season (in 33 games as the underdog).
  • When the Capitals' moneyline odds are +149 or longer, they have won three matches out of seven opportunities.
  • Washington's implied probability to win this matchup is 40.2% based on the moneyline.

Recent Meetings With The Panthers

Date Favorite Home Team Spread Total Result
5/11/2022 Panthers Panthers -1.5 6.5 5-3 FLA
5/9/2022 Panthers Capitals -1.5 6.5 3-2 FLA
5/7/2022 Panthers Capitals -1.5 6.5 6-1 WAS
5/5/2022 Panthers Panthers -1.5 6.5 5-1 FLA
5/3/2022 Panthers Panthers -1.5 6.5 4-2 WAS

Capitals Player Insights

  • Washington's top performer in terms of points (91) and goals (50) is Alex Ovechkin.
  • Washington is led by John Carlson in terms of assists, with 54.
  • Tom Wilson has served a team-high 98 penalty minutes, 15th in the league.
  • Washington's Ilya Samsonov is 22-12-1 in net, with an .896 save percentage (57th in the league) and a 3.0 goals against average.
  • Washington's Nick Jensen has a team-high +32 plus-minus rating.

Injuries For Florida Vs Washington

Panthers: Mason Marchment: Out (Lower Body), Markus Nutivaara: Out (Lower Body)
Capitals: Tom Wilson: Questionable (Lower Body), Carl Hagelin: Out (Face), Joe Snively: Out (Wrist)

Capitals Upcoming Games

Capitals Upcoming Games
Date Opponent H/A Time TV Channel
Sun, May 15 Florida Panthers A 12:00 AM ET -

Capitals player props and futures

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. There are also several other popular markets to explore, including props and futures.

Prop bets are “game within the game” bets on specific accomplishments. Futures bets are on how the entire season might play out. Let’s take a closer look at how they both work.

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.

  • How many goals plus assists will Alex Ovechkin have — over/under 1.5?
  • Which side will have more shots in the game — Capitals or Penguins?
  • Player to score the game’s first goal? (You’ll see odds for everyone in the lineup, ranging from favorites to longshots).

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.

  • Bet on the Capitals to win the Stanley Cup, conference and division.
  • Over/under on Capitals regular season wins.
  • Capitals players to win Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy, etc.

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.

Caps recent draft picks/prospects

The next NHL Entry Draft was held on July 23-24, 2021. Washington had no picks in round one, but they did get Vincent Iorio, D, with their second round pick. Over the past five years, the Caps have had four picks in round one. Here’s how they spent them:

  • 2020: Hendrix Lapierre, C, Chicoutimi Saguenéens
  • 2019: Connor McMichael, C, London Knights
  • 2018: Alexander Alexeyev, D, Red Deer Rebels
  • 2016: Lucas Johansen, D, Kelowna Rockets

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.

  • 2015: Ilya Samsonov, Round 1, Pick 22
  • 2010: Evgeny Kuznetsov — Round 1, Pick 26
  • 2008: John Carlson — Round 1, Pick 27
  • 2006: Nicklas Backstrom — Round 1, Pick 4
  • 2004: Alex Ovechkin — Round 1, Pick 1

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 13 of the last 14 seasons.

Caps coaches/bench staff

Peter Laviolette was hired to lead the way for the Capitals for the 2020-21 NHL season. Prior to this, 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 were some changes to the rest of the staff with someone new in charge, but the current crop of assistants looks like this.

  • Assistant coaches: Scott Arniel, Blaine Forsythe and Kevin McCarthy
  • Goaltending coach: Scott Murray
  • Assistant coach, video: Brett Leonhardt

If we look back over the last five hires for the Capitals on the head coaching front, there have been some swings and misses.

  • Todd Reirden, 2018-20
  • Barry Trotz, 2014-18
  • Adam Oates, 2012-14
  • Dale Hunter, 2011-12
  • Bruce Boudreau, 2007-11

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.

Where is the Caps’ arena?

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.

  • Name: Capital One Arena
  • Address: 601 F St. NW
  • City: Washington, DC 20004
  • Owner: Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Capacity: 20,656
  • Ground breaking: Oct. 18, 1995
  • Opening date: Dec. 2, 1997
  • Construction cost: $260 million
  • Other tenants: Washington Wizards, Georgetown Hoyas

How to watch/listen to Caps 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.

  • WFED-AM 1500 — Washington, DC
  • WTHU-AM 1450 — Frederick/Thurmont, MD
  • WFTR-AM 1450 — Front Royal, VA
  • WBRG-AM 1050 — Lynchburg, VA
  • WLVA-AM 580 — Lynchburg, VA
  • WRNL-AM 910 — Richmond, VA
  • WHAP-AM 1340 — Hopewell, VA
  • WHAJ-FM 104.5 — Bluefield, WV
  • WKAV-FM 94.1 — Charlottesville, VA
  • WRNR-AM 740 — Martinsburg, WV
  • WOYK-AM 1350 — York, PA

You can also find the audio feed for Capitals games through the TuneIn radio app, or at CapsRadio247.com.

Brief Capitals history

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.

  • 1974: Capitals join the NHL as an expansion franchise.
  • 1982: Club swings a trade with the Montreal Canadiens that changes the course of the franchise, headlined by the acquisition of Rod Langway.
  • 1983: Team makes postseason for first time, losing to the New York Islanders in division semifinals.
  • 1989: Capitals capture first division crown in team history, winning the Patrick Division with 92 points.
  • 1990: Team reaches conference finals, where it is swept in four games by the Boston Bruins.
  • 1997: Capitals move into the newly built MCI Center.
  • 1997: Team streak of 14 consecutive postseason appearances is snapped.
  • 1998: Capitals reach Stanley Cup final for first time in team history, losing to the Detroit Red Wings in four games.
  • 2004: Capitals select Alexander Ovechkin with the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft.
  • 2008: Ovechkin wins the first of three Hart Memorial trophies, also winning the award in 2009 and 2013.
  • 2010: Capitals win the first of three Presidents’ trophies as top team in the regular season, also winning in 2016 and 2017.
  • 2018: The Capitals finally win their first Stanley Cup with a five-game series win over the Vegas Golden Knights.

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.

  • Stanley Cups: One, 2017-18
  • Conference championships: Two, last in 2017-18
  • Presidents Trophies: Three, last in 2016-17
  • Division titles: 13, last in 2019-20
  • Playoff appearances: 30, last in 2019-20
  • Most points in season: 121, 2009-10
  • Fewest points in season: 21, 1974-75
  • Most goals in season: 65, Alex Ovechkin in 2007-08
  • Most assists in season: 76, Dennis Maruk in 1981-82
  • Most wins in season: 48, Braden Holtby in 2015-16
  • Hall of Famers: Eight, most recently Sergei Fedorov and Phil Housley in 2015
  • Retired numbers: Four, last for Mike Gartner in 2008

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.

Washington Capitals FAQ

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.

  • 5: D Rod Langway, 1982-93. Retired in 1997.
  • 7: D Yvon Labre, 1974-80. Retired in 1980.
  • 11: RW Mike Gartner, 1979-89. Retired in 2008.
  • 32: C Dale Hunter, 1987-99. Retired in 2000.

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.

The Caps will be relying on the talent of third year goaltender, Ilya Samsonov.