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NHL Pick of the Night: Washington over Los Angeles

Hall-of-Fame bound forward Alex Ovechkin—who recently opened an online store with Nike—is one goal away from yet another scoring milestone. This time, a power play goal—perhaps from the coveted spot he made famous—will put Ovi alone, past Teemu Selanne, at third in NHL history.

The Washington Capitals (20-4-5), on a four game win streak of their own, are visiting a surging Los Angeles Kings (11-15-2) team. Vegasinsider.com favors the Caps (-150), with the Kings giving a decent upside (+130).

If you are looking for the most intriguing game of the night in the NHL, and want to make it a little more interesting, this is the one.

The Kings, going 7-1-1 in their past nine home games, will turn to Jonathan Quick to mind the net against the Capitals’ backup goaltender Ilya Samsonov.

The Capitals are the second highest scoring team in the league (3.66 goals per game), while the Kings rank in the bottom six (2.57 goals per game).

Puck drop at the Staples Center is set for just after 10 p.m. EST.

The Pick: Washington Capitals (-150)

To Make Things Interesting, Early:

My history isn’t so great when it comes to these kinds of picks, but with the high scoring Capitals visiting the Kings, I can’t help but go for the over on the first period spread (1.5 goals). At least, it makes the first period worth watching; it might even serve as a hedge. Best case, your pick takes a commanding lead early on.

First Period: Over 1.5 goals

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