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Free Pick Friday NHL

Calgary vs. Washington, 02/01/2019 19:00 EDT, Score: 3 - 4

Money Line: +109 Washington

Sportsbook: PinnacleSports

Result: Win

Scott "The Bulldog" Rickenbach NHL Game #14 Friday Free Pick Washington Capitals Money Line (+) vs Calgary Flames @ 7:05 ET - When you are red hot the last thing you need is time off. You can lose your momentum that way. When you are ice cold, you're practically begging for a break. That is the backdrop to this game as the betting public is likely to be all over the Flames here as they are one of the top teams in the league this season. Personally I am big on Calgary this season too. But, from a situational standpoint, this situation strongly favors the Capitals. Washington lost their final 7 games heading into the All-Star break. Already they were going to be playing with desperation in this first game back. Keep in mind, the Caps are still the defending Stanley Cup champs. Strengthening their resolve here is the fact that their star, Alex Ovechkin, has to sit this game to serve his one-game suspension for skipping the All-Star game. Look Washington to be in full-on "rally the troops" mode for this game and let's not forget that the Flames went on a hellish losing streak immediately after the All-Star break last season. I don't expect a similar collapse this season but do feel sluggishness gets to them in the first game back while the Capitals have been "chomping at the bit" to get back on the ice and erase the bitter taste of that 7-game losing streak. The Flames have lost 29 of 41 when, in the 2nd half of a season, they face a team with a winning record. The Capitals are 23-9 their last 32 Friday games and are set to improve to 5-2 this season when playing with 3 or more days of rest between games. Free Pick WASHINGTON

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