The Caps will look to stay perfect on their five-game road trip against the Arizona Coyotes (10 p.m., CSN Plus).
1. Arizona will score one goal or fewer
Hockey is a random sport and you never know what can happen. Two bad bounces and this prediction is wrong. The Coyotes, however, has scored one goal in each of their last four games and guess who is back in net for the Caps tonight? Even if you are worried about the Caps playing down to their competition, Braden Holtby never does.
2. Caps will score two or more goals before the third period
When these two teams met on Saturday in Washington, it was uncomfortably close heading into the third period because Mike Smith was standing on his head. Arizona even tied it at 1 before the Caps finally broke through. Smith is capable of those kinds of performances from time to time, but he won’t do it on Friday, party because Louis Domingue will be starting in his place, but also because Washington will get to him early.
3. Andre Burakovsky will score
The third line is due, especially Burakovsky. He scored two goals in the first game of the year when his conditioning was still an issue. Since returning from a broken hand, Burakovsky has looked phenomenal, but he still hasn’t managed to sneak one into the back of the net. That changes on Friday.
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