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Washington Capitals odds to win the Stanley Cup

The latest odds for the Washington Capitals to win the Stanley Cup are +15000 at DraftKings, +18000 at FanDuel, and +12500 at BetMGM.









Odds updated: 2024-04-19

Steps for betting on the Washington Capitals on an online sportsbook in Maryland

If you are a long-time fan of the team and now starting to bet on sports, you may be wondering how to get involved. Below are the few quick steps required for betting on the Washington Capitals on an online sportsbook in Maryland.

  1. Get Bonus: Right here on MDBetting.com, each of the online sportsbooks in Maryland has Maryland-specific reviews. Head to the MD sportsbook review of your choice, and find the “Get Bonus” button. This will ensure you have the best welcome offer available applied to your new account.
  2. Sign Up For Account: Once the “Get Bonus” link is followed, you’ll be redirected to the online sportsbook in MD where you’ll need to register for an account. Enter your login credentials such as username and password, as well as your personal information which will include your email address, home address, phone number, and the last four digits of your social security number.
  3. Agree to Terms: With your account now nearly ready, agree to any terms and conditions put forth by the online sportsbook in Maryland.
  4. Deposit Funds: Because of the backing of the State of Maryland, the online sportsbook you choose will have a plethora of banked-back payment options such as Venmo, Debit Cards, and more. Choose the one that works best for you, and deposit a minimum of $5.
  5. Bet On the Washington Capitals: On the homepage of your Maryland online sportsbook, head to the NHL section under the sports menu. From here, you will see all of the day’s NHL games listed by rotation number. Find the Washington Capitals upcoming game, and bet on either the puck line, total, or moneyline (more on that below).

Which bet types are available for the Washington Capitals?

As with any sport, there are different bet types available for betting NHL hockey that every bettor should be aware of. Let’s take a closer look at the three most common bet types that are available for the Washington Capitals.

  • Puck Line: Similar to a point spread in other sports, the puck line is the number of goals a team is expected to win by, at the given odds. In hockey betting, the puck line is typically set at +1.5 (the underdog) and -1.5 (the favorite. Another way to think about this is that the underdog starts the game at 1.5 to 0. If the favorite scores two goals and the underdog scores none, (i.e. they win 2-1.5), the favorite is a winner.

Example: Washington Capitals -1.5 (-205) vs. Seattle Kraken +1.5 (+170). In this scenario, if the Capitals win by two goals or more, a $205 dollar wager would pay out $305 ($205 risked + $100 won) in total.

  • Total: Also referred to as the “Over/Under”, a total represents the total number of goals expected to be scored in a game. In Maryland NHL betting, the total is usually set between 5 and 6.5 goals, which are the combined expected goals scored by both teams.

Example: Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins O6.5 (-120)/U6.5 (+130). In this scenario, if there are seven combined goals, no matter which team scores them, the Over would be a winner and a $120 bet would pay out $220 ($120 risked + $100 won).

  • Moneyline: The most straightforward bet type available for Washington Capitals games, the moneyline is simply betting on a team to win, at the given odds. The team with the negative (-) next to their number is the favorite, while the positive (+) represents the underdog. Note that this wager is valid for regulation + overtime + shootout.

Example: Washington Capitals (-125) vs. Minnesota Wild (+115). In this scenario, a $125 moneyline bet on the Capitals would payout a total of $225 ($125 risked + $100 won) if they win the game.

How do I watch or stream the Washington Capitals in MD?

If you live in Maryland and want to watch or stream the Washington Capitals, there are a few options at your disposal. For local games not televised nationally, Monumental Sports Network (MSN) has the exclusive rights to show all the preseason and regular season games.

If you’ve cut the cord, the streaming services currently offering MSN to MD residents are Fubo, Hulu+ Live TV, YouTube TV, and DirectTV Stream. Note that if you have NHL Center Ice, which streams all NHL games, Washington Capitals games in MD will be blacked out as only MSN is able to show them.

Where is the Washington Capitals’s home arena?

Since 1997, the Washington Capitals home arena has been at the site of the current Capital One Arena, located in Washington, DC’s Chinatown District. With an original cost of $260 million, the arena was designed and architected by Ellerbe Becket, Devroux & Purnell, and KCF-SHG Architects.

Initially called the MCI Center, Verizon Communications bought the rights in 2006 and renamed it the Verizon Center. In 2017, just before the Capitals went on their fateful Stanley Cup Run, Capital One bought the rights and renamed it to Capital One Arena. 

With a capacity of 18,753 for hockey games, Capital One Arena is also used for the NBA’s Washington Wizards and college basketball’s Georgetown Hoyas. It is also home to college basketball’s men’s Atlantic 10 Tournament some seasons and concerts throughout the year.

Buying tickets to see the Washington Capitals play

When buying tickets to see the Washington Capitals play at Capital One Arena, you have a few options. Going through the Capitals’ ticket section on their official website, you’ll be redirected to their Ticketmaster account, their preferred provider. If you prefer to buy tickets in person, head to the Capital One Arena box office located at the F Street Entrance of the arena, located near the Caesars Sportsbook. 

Fans looking to score tickets to sold-out games have a few options available as well, including Ticketmaster’s resale section, or third-party ticket sellers including SeatGeek, StubHub, Vivid Seats, and Gametime. Be aware that all third-party reselling sites have higher fees, as they take them from both the seller and buyer of the tickets.

Beginning in 2021, the Washington Capitals and Caesars Sportsbook Maryland entered into an official partnership that included putting the Caesars logo on the team’s jersey, becoming the first NHL team to do so. With the deal, Caesars Sportsbook also opened a lounge at the Capital One Arena, where fans who purchased select tickets can visit before and during games to enjoy free food and beverages.

The Washington Capitals also became another piece of sports betting history, opening the first sportsbook inside of a professional sports team arena in 2021. With an entrance from the outside, William Hill Sportsbook inside of Capital One Arena also has an entrance from within the arena itself.

Monitored and regulated by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA), it is fully legal to bet on the Washington Capitals in Maryland. Officially launching in November 2022 in-person, Maryland sports betting went online in November 2023 with the state accepting bets on both desktop sites and mobile apps.

In total, there are now 10 online sportsbooks operating in MD, in addition to eight retail sportsbooks in the state. The sportsbooks currently operating, all of which have full reviews here at MDBetting.com, include (but are not limited to) ESPN Bet, DraftKings, BetRivers, Betfred, Fanatics, FanDuel and Caesars,

History of the Washington Capitals

A part of the NHL and DC-Maryland-Virginia area for more than 50 years, the Washington Capitals have a storied history. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key dates in the history of the Washington Capitals.

  • 1972: The NHL officially awarded Washington, DC (and Kansas City) an expansion franchise, slated to begin in the 1974-75 season. Team owner Abe Pollin brought in Milt Schmidt to be the team’s first general manager.
  • 1974: The Washington Capitals began their first season in the NHL, and by any standard, it was a bad one. Finishing just 8-67-5, the eight wins, to this day, mark the worst season by any team in NHL history.
  • 1983: With the effort led by new general manager David Poile and goal scorers Mike Gartner and Dennis Maruk, the Capitals made the playoffs for the first time. The turnaround was so drastic, that the Capitals proceeded to make the playoffs for the next fourteen straight seasons.
  • 1998: Beating the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, and Buffalo Sabres, the Capitals christened their newly opened MCI Center with their very first Stanley Cup Appearance. While they lost to the defending champion Detroit Red Wings in four games, it was still the most successful season in Capitals’ history at the time.
  • 2004: Winning the Draft Lottery, the Capitals selected Alexander Ovechkin with the first pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Due to a dispute with the NHL labor union, Ovechkin played his first professional season overseas with Dynamo Moscow before starting the 2005-06 season.
  • 2008: The young talent that was “Ovie” finally bloomed in full, becoming the first player in NHL history to win the Maurice Richard, Hart Memorial, Lester B. Pearson, and Art Ross Trophy in the same season.
  • 2018: After nearly a decade of being on the doorstep, the Washington Capitals finally punched through, winning the team’s very first Stanley Cup Trophy. Beating the Las Vegas Golden Knights in five games.

About the Washington Capitals

Coming to the Nation’s Capitol in the 1974 season, the Washington Capitals exploded in popularity in the area with the 2004 drafting of Alexander Ovechkin. Over an up-and-down first decade with the team, Ovechkin brought the city its first Stanley Cup in 2017-18, in addition to winning the team’s first Conn Smythe Trophy that year.

As often happens with teams who win it all, however, it’s been tough sledding in the time since. The four seasons from 2018-19 to 2021-22 saw the Capitals exit the playoffs in the first round, before failing to make them in 2022-23. 

While much of that core team from the 2018 Stanley Cup run has turned over, a few of the Washington Capitals stars have remained in place including Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and fan-favorite TJ Oshie. Let’s take a quick look below at how things are shaping up for this year’s version of the Washington Capitals.