The Ottawa Senators will travel to Capital One Arena to face one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference in the Washington Capitals. The Senators will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak while the Capitals will be looking for their third straight win.
Senators Looking to Get Back in the Win Column
The Ottawa Senators come into play with a 16-21-5 record. They have 37 points and sit in seventh place in the Atlantic Division, 22 points behind the division-leading Boston Bruins.
The Senators are in the midst of a 0-3-1 stretch. Their most recent loss came Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning beat them 5-3. Ottawa got goals from Chris Tierney, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Mark Borowiecki.
Borowiecki’s goal gave the Senators a 3-2 lead, but the Lightning answered with three unanswered goals in the third period. Ottawa has made some changes recently to their roster, acquiring defenseman Mike Reilly from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Andrew Sturtz and a fifth-round pick.
This game will be Reilly’s second with the Senators. Anthony Duclair’s status is unclear for the Washington game as he was injured blocking a shot in the game January 2nd against Florida.
Duclair is the team’s leading scorer with 21 goals and 32 points, so getting him back will help Ottawa on the offensive end. Pageau is second on the team with 19 goals and 30 points.
He also has a plus/minus rating of +16. Between the pipes, the Senators are led by Craig Anderson while Anders Nilsson recovers from a concussion. Anderson has a record of 6-10-1 with a goals against average of 3.12 and a save percentage of .900.
Capitals Try to Build on Momentum
The Washington Capitals come into play with a record of 29-9-5 for 63 points. They have won two games in a row after losing the previous two. Their previous game ended in wild fashion as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-4 in overtime Sunday afternoon.
The Capitals trailed 4-2 with a minute left in regulation, but scored twice in the last 46.9 seconds to force overtime. Lars Eller scored on a slick pass by goaltender Braden Holtby in overtime to win it.
Nic Dowd, T.J. Oshie, also scored goals and Jakub Vrana added two goals in the game. Washington became the seventh team in league history to win a game after trailing by more than one goal in the final minute of regulation.
Defenseman John Carlson leads the Capitals with 52 points. He has scored 13 goals and he has 39 assists. Alexander Ovechkin leads the team with 24 goals scored. Evgeni Kuznetsov, who played against San Jose despite battling an illness, has 16 goals and 24 assists.
Holtby snapped a three-game losing streak with the win on Sunday. He has a record of 18-7-4 with a goals against average of 2.99 and a save percentage of .902.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Washington -330. The Capitals are favored by 1.5 and the over/under is 6.5. Ottawa is not playing well as evidenced by their four-game skid.
Washington is at home, where they are very good, and this is not a recipe for success for the Senators. Take Washington to cover in this one.