Washington Capitals (21-10-3) at Ottawa Senators (15-17-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +170 / Washington Capitals -230 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Washington Capitals look for another victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 29 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 30 assists and John Carlson has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 30 goals on 305 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 66 goals on 738 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Ottawa Senators could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 16 goals, Thomas Chabot has 26 assists and Matt Duchene has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 73.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 99 goals on 1,070 shots faced and Mike McKenna has allowed 21 goals on 214 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Capitals are 25-9 in their last 34 road games, 21-7 in their last 28 Saturday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Senators are 5-16 in their last 21 games playing on 0 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 8-1 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 7-2 in Capitals last 9 overall. The over is 33-16-3 in Senators last 52 overall.
The Washington Capitals should have their way with the Ottawa Senators like they have in past meetings given the form of both teams, but I'm not the guy who enjoys laying big prices and PL seem to backfire more than they pay. So, I'm backing the over with the low line. The over is a strong trend for both the Capitals and Senators, and five of the last eight meetings between these clubs have produced at least five goals. In fact, the last three meetings between the Capitals and Senators are averaging seven goals. Give me the over.