Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 19, 2022

Coming off their first win of the season, the Ottawa Senators continue a five-game homestand with a visit from the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Washington
27-20-4-2
AT
October 20, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
24-23-3
Puckline +1.5 -248
Moneyline -107
Over / Under o +6.5

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Puckline -1.5 +206
Moneyline -112
Over / Under u +6.5

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Betting Action

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The Washington Capitals will be down some of their best players on Thursday night when they visit the Ottawa Senators. The game opened as essentially a pick’em on the NHL odds.

Capitals vs. Senators NHL Betting Odds

Thursday is the first of three meetings between the clubs with Washington back in Ottawa on Dec. 22 and the Sens going to D.C. on Dec. 29.

Last year, the Capitals won two of three including the lone game in Ottawa, 7-5, behind a T.J. Oshie hat trick. Alex Ovechkin had two goals. He led the team in the season series with five points (4G, 1A). Ilya Samsonov was 1-1 in his two starts in net and Vitek Vanecek 1-0, but they are both elsewhere now. Drake Batherson led Ottawa with four points (3G, 1A). Anton Forsberg was 1-0 in his two appearances with a 3.96 GAA and .900 SV.

Washington has won 17 of the past 21 in the series and five straight in Ottawa.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals are without key forwards Nicklas Backstrom, Carl Hagelin and Tom Wilson on the injured list and will lose another one Thursday as Evgeny Kuznetsov was suspended one game for high sticking Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kyle Burroughs during Washington’s 6-4 home win Monday. Kuznetsov leads the team with four assists, six penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating.

Yet another forward, Connor Brown, was put on injured reserve Wednesday after his injury vs. Vancouver. The six-goal outburst was easily Washington’s biggest of the season. Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the season and is now up to 782 for his career, 19 behind Gordie Howe for second all-time. Darcy Kuemper had 26 saves to improve to 2-1-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .889 SV and should start here. The Capitals are 1-5 in their past six following a win.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa comes off its home opener and first win of the season on Tuesday, 7-5 over Boston – the Sens managed only three goals combined in their first two games. Batherson, Brady Tkachuk and Tim Stutzle each had a goal and two assists for Ottawa. Claude Giroux, Mark Kastelic, Shane Pinto and Artem Zub also scored and 13 players had at least one point. Anton Forsberg stopped 26 shots. The 12 goals scored were the most the two teams have ever scored in 150 all-time games.

Ottawa remains without winger Alex Formenton, who is the last restricted free agent in the NHL. He had 23 goals and 16 assists last year. The Sens are 0-7 in their past seven when allowing at least five goals in their previous game.

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