Ottawa Senators vs Washington Capitals 12/22/22 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Washington Capitals (17-13-4) vs. Ottawa Senators (14-16-2)
December 22, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Ottawa Senators -111 / Washington Capitals -111; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Washington Capitals and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian tire Centre on Thursday nighl.

The Washington Capitals will try to build on a 4-3 OT win over Detroit last time out. Alex Ovechkin has a team-high 36 points with a team-high 20 goals and 16 assists. Dylan Strome also has 24 points with 18 assists while Evgeny Kuznetsov also has a team-high 21 assists as part of his 25 points up to this point in the year. Darcy Kuemper has gone 8-9-2 with a 2.56 GAA and an .916 save percentage while Charlie Lindgren is 9-4-2 with a 2.71 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season.

The Ottawa Senators will look to rebound from a 5-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in their last game. Brady Tkachuk leads the Senators in scoring with 36 points including a team-high 13 goals and 23 assists while Alex DeBrincat has 31 points with 9 goals and 22 assists this season. Claude Giroux also has 29 points with 14 goals of his own and 15 assists while Drake Batherson has 30 points with 11 goals and 19 assists this season. Anton Forsberg’s gone 5-8-2 with a 3.23 GAA and a .906 save percentage while Cam Talbot is 8-8 with a 2.70 GAA and a .910 save percentage this season.

Washington is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall and 4-9 in their last 13 games against the Atlantic division while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Ottawa is 17-36 in their last 53 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 games after a loss by 3 or more goals while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.

I get the case to be made for Ottawa at home here, but the Caps are on fire right now and have a history of dominance against the Senators in the past. The Sens will provide value down the road, but I’m not stepping in front of Washington right now with this lineup. Give me Washington and the cheap price.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Washington -111

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