Ottawa Senators at Washington Capitals
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 26, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Capital One Arena
Washington Capitals: -1.5 (-102) / Washington Capitals -357 / Ottawa Senators +270 / Ottawa Senators: 1.5 (-120)
TSN5, RDS2, NBCS-Washington
The Ottawa Senators and the Washington Capitals meet in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.
The Ottawa Senators will be out to snap a 4-game losing streak after a 2-1 loss to the Calgary Flames in their last outing. Calgary opened the scoring just 4:07 into the game, and carried that 1-0 lead into the 1st intermission. The Flames’ advantage would hold up through most of the 2nd before Ryan Tkachuk got the Sens on the board, giving us a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes of play. The game looked headed for OT before Calgary scored with :41 to go, sending the Sens home with no points to show for their hard work. Craig Anderson took the loss, falling to 14-20-3 after allowing both goals on 35 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Washington Capitals will look to build on a 6-5 overtime win over the New York Rangers in their last outing. New York took the lead just :21 into the game and held onto the lead for most of the 1st before Nicklas Backstrom and Michal Kempny scored :21 apart to give the Caps a 2-1 lead after the 1st period. Tom Wilson made it 3-1 early in the 2nd before the Rangers pulled a goal back late in the period to make it 3-2 heading into the 3rd. New York would tie the game :21 into he 3rd before Nic Dowd responded just 2:04 later and Backstrom would score his 2nd of the game just :36 after that to restore a two-goal lead for the Capitals. New York would respond just three minutes later and would tie the game with :31 left in the game to send us to overtime where Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with :31 to go in OT to give the Capitals the win. Pheonix Copley got the win to improve to 14-5-3 after allowing all 5 goals on 31 shots faced in the winning effort.
Ottawa is 24-50 in their last 74 games overall and 8-20 in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Eastern Conference. Washington is 125-60 in their last 185 home games and 2-7 in their last 9 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. Ottawa is 1-10 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 4-17 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
I have faith that the Capitals will probably win this game, but I’m hesitant because the puck line hasn’t been very good to me lately. However, Washington has flat out owned the Senators over the years, both overall and in Washington and even though the Sens looked tough against Calgary, I’m not sure that Ottawa will be able to keep it up again here. I’m not paying this kind of hefty price tag, so my only other option is to side with Washington on the puck line here.