Remember me Reset Password


Capitals Maple Leafs Betting Tips – Capitals Look To Overcome Early Season Struggles At Toronto Thursday

Posted by Don Melrose on 1/29/2013 5:58:59 PM

The Washington Capitals have struggled out of the gate in this lockout-shortened season. Now head coach Adam Oates is turning back the clock, and hoping he can help his team push forward by taking a step back. That was the case with Alex Ovechkin back on the left wing in the Capitals’ first win of the season last week, after dropping four-straight to begin the year. Ovechkin was a force from the opening faceoff and managed to get on the board with his first goal of the sports betting season, something he and his team can build on heading in to Thursday night’s matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs
Thursday January 31, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
NHL Sportsbook Line: Maple Leafs – 130

Toronto hasn’t been much better early on this year following up an opening night win over the Montreal Canadiens with just one victory in their next four games. The Maple Leafs certainly didn’t look very good at home either, dropping their first two games on home ice with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens sharing the starting job in goal.

NHL Betting Preview: Washington Capitals

In addition to moving Ovechkin back to the wing, Oates has also turned back the clock by looking to Michal Neuvirth between the pipes after it seemed as though last year’s breakout star Braden Holtby would own the starting job. Neuvirth hasn’t been that great in net either with a 2.92 goals against average through three starts, but that is better than the 5.03 mark that Holtby posted through two starts. While newcomer Mike Ribeiro has provided a spark out of the gate with a team-high six points playing on the second line and top powerplay unit, Washington needs its top line to get going with Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom combining for just four points through their first five games.

NHL Betting Preview: Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs have problems up front after Joffrey Lupul was lost for a month with a broken arm, and Phil Kessel failing to score a goal through five games. Veteran Clarke MacArthur has skated on the top line next to Kessel and Tyler Bozak, while the second and third lines have stepped up in terms of scoring production. The lack of production from Toronto’s top line has stood out in big part because the young tandem of Reimer and Scrivens has struggled in goal early on, with a combined-goals against over three. Young center Nazem Kadri has been among the bright spots with a team-high three goals and five points, and will be among those called on to produce with the top line struggling.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Neither team has put up excellent offensive numbers out of the gates, and with both teams battling for every point in a shortened season this should be a tight-checking game from the puck drop. The Maple Leafs have actually looked better on the road early on where they have registered both of their online betting wins, and they will be in tough facing a lot of pressure early against a Capitals’ team that could be on the brink of a major breakthrough as they attempt to turn the clock back.

NHL Betting Pick: Washington Capitals



↑ Back to page content
Media Logos

At BetOnline, our company’s guiding principle is to establish long-lasting, positive relationships with our customers. BetOnline is perfect for those who like to stay on top of all the latest sports & horse racing odds or play a few games in the online casino. We have built our reputation on giving our clients nothing but high-quality service and once you have worked with us, you will realize why we are regarded as a leader.

From our customer service to our cutting-edge technology, enticing contests and dedication to putting the best product out on the marketplace, BetOnline is always striving to improve and we take the wants and needs of our customers very seriously. We are always looking for suggestions to make our product better, and client input allows us to build a relationship that will last for a lifetime.

Trust is tough to create and it is even tougher to maintain, which is why we always keep the lines of communication open with our clients at BetOnline, and the best part is that it will not cost you a dime.

Head over to our world-famous sportsbook, where you will find live lines for all major sporting events, but that is not all because at BetOnline, you will also find the Betting Edge, which is a constant stream of advice from people that spend countless hours looking over trends and statistics, so you don’t have to. You get an honest and educated opinion for people that truly love sports, and we are always updating the section to keep you up on what’s happening in current in the world of sports.

The racebook is another fantastic section at BetOnline, as you can get a headstart on the Triple Crown season by reading over our articles to give you an idea of the winning horses. We don’t just focus on the Triple Crown at BetOnline; you can find information on races all year around and that will help you out when it comes time to watch the major thoroughbred horse races.

You can also check out our casino, where you can play the latest games powered by the latest technology. From poker to card games, slots and everything in between, we have you covered at BetOnline.

We have contests and promotions galore as BetOnline is all about what our clients want, so check it out and if you have any inquiries, never hesitate to get in touch with us. Betonline because your can!

↑ Back to top