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Ottawa Senators vs. Washington Capitals - 12/29/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (23-10-3) at Ottawa Senators (15-19-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Ottawa Senators +175 / Washington Capitals -195 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
NSW+, CBC
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NHL | Washington Capitals (23-10-3) at Ottawa Senators (15-19-4)
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The Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Washington Capitals look to keep the puck rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 29 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 32 assists and John Carlson has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 77.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 30 goals on 340 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 68 goals on 804 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed a combined two goals in their last three games.

The Ottawa Senators could use a bounce back victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 16 goals, Thomas Chabot has 27 assists and Matt Duchene has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 104 goals on 1,095 shots faced and Mike McKenna has allowed 25 goals on 254 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in each of their last five games.

The Capitals are 26-9 in their last 35 road games, 35-17 in their last 52 Saturday games and 51-24 in their last 75 overall. The Senators are 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games, 7-19 in their last 26 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Capitals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 33-16-3 in Senators last 52 overall. The under is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall.

The Ottawa Senators have been getting destroyed defensively during this losing stretch, and they're now running into the hottest team in the league on the end of a back to back. As if that wasn't enough, the Capitals have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Senators, which includes a 4-0 win just last week. This is just a brutal spot for the Senators. I'll lay the juice with the Capitals, as you can make a strong case this price should be a lot steeper.

Pick:
Washington Capitals -195

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