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Senators vs. Capitals - 2/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (26-15-10) at Ottawa Senators (20-20-9)
Date & Time Thursday February 5, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Ottawa Senators +113 / Washington Capitals -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
CNSW, RDS
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NHL | Washington Capitals (26-15-10) at Ottawa Senators (20-20-9)
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The Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators meet Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Washington Capitals hope to turn things around after losing six of their last eight games. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have lost five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 31 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 38 assists and Troy Brouwer has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last five games. Braden Holtby has allowed 93 goals on 1,233 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 31 goals on 238 shots.

The Ottawa Senators are looking to break out of their funk after losing five of their last eight games. The Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators have scored one power play goal in their last four games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 17 goals, Bobby Ryan has 23 assists and Clarke MacArthur has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Craig Anderson has allowed 73 goals on 999 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 58 goals on 595 shots.

The Capitals are 23-9 in their last 32 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 in their last 5 road games. The Senators are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and 6-16 in their last 22 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Ottawa and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Washington Capitals are the better team and are more likely to bounce back sooner than the Senators. I'll take Washington in this spot. 

Pick:
Washington Capitals -125

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