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Ottawa Senators vs. Washington Capitals - 10/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (62-23-10) at Ottawa Senators (55-34-12)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators +105 / Washington Capitals -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals look for another strong regular season as they kick things off with a road trip to the Canadian capital to take on the Ottawa Senators.

The Capitals endured another gruelling offseason filled with criticism of yet another playoff disappointment but as we have seen so many times before, they are ready for another regular season push and have the personnel to make a run at the President’s Trophy. Washington retained most of their core from a season ago and have a very lethal collection of guys in the offensive zone led by Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Nicklas Backstrom making them among the league’s best trifecta and with another crop of solid pieces in the fold as well it’ll be tough to find a better team on paper when it comes to scoring goals. Defensively, the Caps have a solid top four but did lose Kevin Shattenkirk to free agency and they will need a strong campaign from their blue line in front of Braden Holtby if they’re going to get back into the race for the league’s best record.

Ottawa Senators vs. Washington Capitals - 10/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Senators meanwhile are a team that surprised many witht heir playoff run a season ago as they were one win away from knocking off the Penguins and advancing to the Cup final and this season they should be right back in the mix in the Atlantic division. However, they are going to have to make due in the interim without two of their top blueliners in Erik Karlsson and rookie Thomas Chabot who will both be absent from the active roster on this night and their inclusion is still to be determined moving forward. Ottawa does have some nice forwards in the form of Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, and Mike Hoffman and a tandem of Craig Anderson and Mike Condon in the crease but in this season opener they will need someone to fill the void of Karlsson against a potent attack.

The Caps are 53-15 in their last 68 against the Atlantic and 42-19 in their last 61 overall while the Sens are 5-1 in their last six home games and have played to the over in 18 of their last 26 Thursday games. The Caps are favoured on the road here and at full strength I’d take a swing on the home side but without Karlsson the Caps should be able to outman the Senators on opening night.

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