In a matchup between two teams that are holding playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Red Wings are hosting the Washington Capitals in Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI, on December 31, 2021.
- Detroit Red Wings vs Washington Capitals
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 31/12/2021
- Starting time – 7.30 PM ET
- Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI,
Detroit Red Wings Stats & Form
After a 12-day break and four postponed games, the Detroit Red Wings are returning to the ice. Jeff Blashill’s team is currently fourth in the Atlantic Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 15-13-3 record.
The Red Wings have won two of their last three games, most recently 5-2 against the New Jersey Devils.
Dylan Larkin got his first career hat trick and added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings handed the New Jersey Devils their fifth consecutive loss. Tyler Bertuzzi added two goals for Detroit and Thomas Greiss made 32 saves.
The Red Wings are 9-7-2 in conference matchups. Detroit ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference recording 7.7 points per game, averaging 2.8 goals and 4.9 assists.
Tyler Bertuzzi leads the Red Wings with a plus-12 in 23 games this season. Moritz Seider has seven assists over the last 10 games for Detroit.
Detroit Red Wings News
Robby Fabbri, Alex Nedeljkovic, Michael Rasmussen, Carter Rowney, Givani Smith, Troy Stecher, Mitchell Stephens, Jakub Vrana and Filip Zadina are all out for Detroit tonight.
Washington Capitals Stats & Form
The Washington Capitals are having a great season as they stand on top of the Metropolitan Division and third in the Eastern Conference with a 19-6-7 record.
After a 10-day break, the Capitals came back with a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a late short-handed goal in his return from an 18-day absence. Kuznetsov converted on a crafty wrist shot from a tight angle to help the Capitals beat the Predators for the first time in nine games, a streak dating to 2017.
John Carlson also scored and had three assists for Washington, which stormed to a 3-0 lead in the first period before giving it all back inside the opening eight minutes of the second. Lars Eller and Nic Dowd also scored for the Caps.
The Capitals are 12-4-3 in Eastern Conference play. Washington leads the Eastern Conference with five shorthanded goals, led by Evgeny Kuznetsov with two.
Nick Jensen leads the Capitals with a plus-20 in 31 games this season. Alex Ovechkin has three goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Washington.
Washington Capitals News
Dennis Cholowski, Martin Fehervary, Nick Jensen, Anthony Mantha, Justin Schultz, Daniel Sprong and Vitek Vanecek are all out for Washington tonight.
Detroit Red Wings vs Washington Capitals Head-to-Head Stats
The Washington Red Wings have won six of the last seven games against the Red Wings. The season series is 1-1 as both teams won on the road. Five of the last seven games between these two have ended under 5.5 goals.
Detroit Red Wings vs Washington Capitals Betting Odds
The Washington Capitals are coming into this games as favorites with 108 odds in their favor while the hosting Red Wings are at 191. The draw is set at 336.
The total goals margin is set at 5.5 with both -118 for over and -105 for under.
Both teams are missing numerous of players but the Capitals have their best ones ready for Friday night. The Caps have won 2-0 in Detroit earlier this season and the only difference tonight will be that they will do the same with more scored goals this time. Washington is third in the East and possesses the quality to attack the very top of the conference and a win in Detroit will be a nice boost in that direction.
- Tip Quote (Home team win): 191 by 22bet
- Tip Quote (Draw): 336 by 22bet
- Tip Quote (Away team win): 108 by 22bet
- Expert betting tip: Washington Capitals to win (108 by 22bet)