Washington Capitals (43-25-10) at Ottawa Senators (39-26-12)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 4, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -114 / Washington Capitals +103 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators play Saturday at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning four of their last five games. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored 14 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have four power play goals in their last three games and have won six of their last seven when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 52 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 56 assists and Troy Brouwer has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Braden Holtby has allowed 149 goals on 1,920 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 35 goals on 294 shots.
The Ottawa Senators look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Senators are averaging 2.8 goals and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators have two power play goals in their last four games and have won seven of their last eight when scoring at least three goals. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 26 goals, Erik Karlsson has 42 assists and Kyle Turris has 205 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.6 goals and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Craig Anderson has allowed 87 goals on 1,134 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 74 goals on 779 shots.
The Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 21-9 in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest. The Senators are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 9-3 in their last 12 home games. The Capitals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings overall.
Both teams have been playing solid hockey lately and hoping to finish the regular season strong. In a toss up game, I'm siding with the Senators simply because they're at home.