NHL Odds: Preds, Caps in Possible Stanley Cup Preview

The Nashville Predators have taken over first place in the NHL Standings - and on the Stanley Cup futures market at +350. They'll play their final road game of the regular season this Thursday when they visit the Washington Capitals (+1600), who have already clinched the Metropolitan Division. The puck drops at 7 PM ET on NBCSN.

Nashville has turned it on during this playoff drive, winning 17 of their last 22 games behind the stellar goaltending of Pekka Rinne (.927 save percentage), this year's leading Vezina Trophy candidate. The Capitals have found a new gear since handing Philipp Grubauer (.925 SV%) the reins, winning seven of his last eight starts to lock down the division title; however, former starter Braden Holtby (.907 SV%) is projected to start Thursday's game.

While the Capitals (47-25-7) have little to play for in this matchup, Nashville (51-17-11) has yet to clinch first place in the Central at press time, although that could change before they arrive in DC. Washington is fully healthy skating into Thursday's contest, but the Predators might be missing their leading scorer, LW Viktor Arvidsson (29 goals, 31 assists), who's listed as day-to-day with an unspecified lower-body injury.

The Washington Capitals (47-25-7) have already clinched the Metropolitan Division. The Nashville Predators (51-17-11) are on the cusp of doing the same in the Central. They'll meet Thursday night at the Capital One Arena, beginning at 7 PM ET on NBCSN.

Nashville have taken over the top spot on the Stanley Cup futures market at +350, although the Capitals (+1600) can't be overlooked after making Philipp Grubauer (.925 save percentage) their No. 1 netminder. However, with nothing left to play for, former starter Braden Holtby (.907 SV%) is pencilled in for Thursday's game opposite leading Vezina candidate Pekka Rinne (.927 SV%).

The Nashville Predators (51-17-11) complete their final road trip of the regular season this Thursday when they visit the Washington Capitals (47-25-7) at 7 PM ET on NBCSN. Washington has already clinched the Metropolitan Division, so Braden Holtby (.907 save percentage) is projected to start versus Pekka Rinne (.927 SV%).

With the Metropolitan Division title already sewn up, the 47-25-7 Washington Capitals are projected to start back-up Braden Holtby (.907 save percentage) for Thursday's home game against Pekka Rinne (.927 SV%) and the 51-17-11 Nashville Predators. NBCSN has the coverage beginning at 7 PM ET.

The first-place Nashville Predators (51-17-11) have one more road game left this Thursday against the Washington Capitals, who have already locked up the Metropolitan Division at 47-25-7. Game time is 7 PM ET

The 51-17-11 Nashville Predators play their penultimate game of the regular season this Thursday (7 PM ET, NBCSN) in DC against the 47-25-7 Washington Capitals.