Ottawa Senators vs. Washington Capitals
NHL: Tuesday, January 7, Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C., 7:00 PM ET
The Ottawa Senators will try to snap a four-game losing streak, while the Washington Capitals will look for their third straight victory when the teams meet at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night. This will be their first encounter of the season, and the Senators are winless in six straight meetings with the Capitals. The Senators haven’t defeated the Caps in D.C. since 2014.
Ottawa will start a two-game road trip, and after the clash against the best team in the league, the Senators will meet the worst team in the NHL, Detroit Red Wings, on Friday night. On the other side, the Capitals will close down a two-game homestand before a short trip to Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
The Senators battled bravely against the Lightning but couldn’t stop the slideThe Ottawa Senators are coming off a 5-3 home loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning this past Saturday. After a goalless first period, the Senators broke the deadlock just 46 seconds into the second. The Lightning needed three minutes to overcome Ottawa’s lead, but the hosts responded well and scored two more goals in the second period. However, the Senators couldn’t resist the Lightning in the third period. The visitors tied the game 8:37 into the third period and scored another goal to take the lead with 1:30 left on the clock.
Center Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted his 19th goal of the season against Tampa Bay, recording his 30th point of the season. Winger Anthony Duclair leads the way for the Senators with 21 goals and 11 assists, but he missed Saturday’s game due to an undisclosed injury. Duclair is doubtful to play against the Capitals, and his eventual absence would be a huge blow for the Senators. Ottawa is 23rd in the league in goals scored per game (2.79) and dead last in power-play conversion (11.4%). Duclair has scored five of Ottawa’s 15 power-play goals this season.
On the other side, the Senators allow 3.36 goals per contest which are the third-most in the NHL. Craig Anderson has guarded the cage in four of the previous five games, recording three losses and a win in the process. He’s 6-10-1 this season and has a 3.12 GAA and a .900 save percentage. Anders Nilsson is 9-9-2 with a 3.18 GAA and a .908 save percentage, but he’ll be sidelined for a week due to concussion.
The Capitals won a crazy game against the SharksWhen Logan Couture scored his 14th goal of the season with exactly a minute left on the clock in the third period, everyone in the Capital One Arena thought the game is over. The San Jose Sharks had a 4-2 lead and a momentum on their side after withstanding a pressure on the road. Before Couture scored, Evander Kane netted a hat-trick, and the Sharks’ offense looked unstoppable. However, the Caps did impossible and forced overtime thanks to Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie. Lars Eller scored a game-winner 2:01 into overtime on goalie Braden Holtby’s assist.
The Caps proved they are one of the best offensive teams in the league. Despite some ups and downs, the Capitals’ offense looks much better than their defense. Washington is 4th in the NHL in goals scored per game (3.53) and 11th in power-play conversion (21.8%). Winger Alex Ovechkin has bagged 24 goals thus far, and he and center Evgeny Kuznetsov have recorded 40 points each. Defenseman John Carlson leads the way for the Caps with 13 goals and 39 assists.
Washington is tied-10th in the league in goals against (2.95), while the Caps’ penalty-killing percentage is the third-best in the NHL (83.3%). Braden Holtby has guarded the cage in three of the previous four games, recording a couple of losses and a win in the process. He’s 18-17-4 this season and has a 2.99 GAA and a .902 save percentage. Ilya Samsonov
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Ottawa:
- 0-7 in the last seven road games against Washington
- 1-9 in the last ten games on the road
- 0-4 in the last four contests overall
- 11-1 in the last 12 games against Ottawa
- 4-1 in the last five games at home
- 7-1 in the last eight home games against the Atlantic Division