Senators vs Capitals NHL Point Spread Odds And Prediction
Ottawa Moves On Post Deadline
The Ottawa Senators were expected to be big sellers at the trade deadline with names like Erik Karlsson, Bobby Ryan, and others expected to move on to contenders as the Senators begin building for the future. But none of those moves happened on Monday and now this Sens team, who've heard all the mud-slinging in the media for weeks are now back together for the rest of the year and forced to move on.
There is probably still a lot of wounded feelings in that dressing room as guys continue to walk on eggshells, so this next month or so is going to be hard to watch at times if you're an Ottawa fan. Yet, the funny thing is, we've seen plenty of teams in a similar position in the past and sometimes those guys rally around one another and start playing some great hockey.
Fans and talking heads moan about that play not being there earlier, but if the Senators do put aside those hard feelings now that the doubts and uncertainties are gone about who's staying and who's going, they could end up being a dangerous "spoiler" the rest of the way. They are sizeable underdogs against a Washington team that lost in Columbus last night, so schedule-wise, the Sens do come in with a bit of an advantage here.
Ottawa Senators Vs Washington Capitals Odds
Ottawa (+180) Vs Washington (-220): Total: 6
Catching Washington on the latter half of a back-to-back is where the advantages Ottawa has coming into this game begin and end as this really could be another big L in the standings for the Seantors. Ottawa is already 0-2 SU against Washington this season, and in thier lone trip to D.C, the Capitals blew them out from start to finish in a 5-2 victory.
Ottawa comes into this game on a four-game losing streak, and while Washington did lose 5-1 last night in Columbus, a bad loss like that is more likely to fuel some frustration the Captials may have and want to take it out on their next opponent. So good luck Ottawa.
Ottawa Vs Washington Selection: Over 6 (+100)
As much as I do believe the Capitals will end up winning this game outright, the -220 price tag is not a number I particularly prefer to lay on any team in general. The outside chance that Ottawa's lack of moves at the deadline actually being a rallying cry for this team is still stuck in my mind as well, so it's another reason I'm hesitant to lay the chalk with the home side here. But as I've said numerous times in the past, Ottawa continues to be atrocious defensively, and until that stops, I've got no problem going to the betting window and hitting the 'over' in their games.
Ottawa has now allowed 3 or more goals in five straight and 11 of their last 12 overall, with the one outlier coming against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. Any team that's even half-decent seems to score at least three against the Sens, and with Washington scoring 5 goals in each of their two previous wins over the Senators this year, seeing Washington get to 4+ shouldn't be that hard.
Ottawa is 31-15-6 O/U in their last 52 games against a team with a winning record, and with a 5-0 O/U run going against Metropolitan Division foes, this game has all the makings of at least a 4-3 type affair. Washington is on a 11-3-1 O/U run overall, so don't be surprised to see this 'over' play cash by the early stages of the 3rd.
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