Washington Capitals 2020 NHL Season Analysis

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 1, 2020 in

The Washington Capitals were a year removed from winning the 2018 Stanley Cup, and were ready to rock and roll into the 2020 Postseason. Then, the season came to a halt, and it looks like it will struggle to get back to action. Washington was 41-20-8 for 90 points, which was third in the East, behind only Boston and Tampa Bay. The Capitals were just a single point ahead of the Flyers. Let’s take a look at the Washington Capitals 2020 Season Analysis and Stanley Cup Odds.

Washington Capitals 2020 NHL Season Analysis

Carlson and Ovechkin Dynamite

John Carlson and Alexander Ovechkin combined as a great duo for the Washington Capitals, with a total of 142 points on the season. Ovechkin was two goals shy of 50 on the season, while Carlson was at 60 assists already this season. If that was not enough, Washington had three other guys score 50+ so far this season.

The Capitals scored 3.42 goals per game, which ranked 2nd in the National Hockey League. The Capitals ranked 11th in the league with 32 shots on goal, and scored on nearly 19.5% of their power play opportunities. Washington was known as one of the toughest offensive teams in all of the league.

Capitals Goal Prevention Starts with Holtby

Braden Holtby played a nice workload between the pipes for Washington this season. In 48 games, he won 25 games, but allowed more than 3.1 goals per game. His back-up was Ilya Samsonov, with a 2.55 goals against average.

Of course, John Carlson leads the defensive unit. Known as one of the best defensemen in the league, he led a group that was 18th in the league, allowing 3.07 goals per game. THe Capitals were 6th on the penalty kill at 82.6%.

Betting Odds to Win Stanley Cup

The Washington Capitals didn’t get as much love from oddsmakers as they wanted to. There were six teams ahead of them in the betting odds, with three of them from the Eastern Conference. The folks in Washington feel they are the best team in the league. Washington finished the season at +1200 to win the Cup. That comes behind +900 for St. Louis and Philadelphia, while just ahead of Pittsburgh at +1600.

The Capitals were coming off a loss in Buffalo, but ready to come home and play four of their next five games at home. The home games were against Detroit, Chicago, Edmonton and Ottawa, with a road game at Columbus. In late March, the Capitals had a trip to Pittsburgh, and then home games against the Blues and Rangers. The final five games for Washington were at Detroit, Buffalo, home against Toronto and Minnesota and a trip to the Panthers.

We hope you enjoyed our look at the Washington Capitals 2020 Season Analysis. Best of luck when the National Hockey League comes back with all your betting!