Ottawa Senators vs. Washington Capitals Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 22, 2022

Alex Ovechkin is setting the pace in the NHL as he leads the league in both goals (27) and points (56).

Ottawa
33-42-5-2
AT
January 22, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
44-26-9-3
Puckline +1.5 -129
Moneyline +179
Over / Under o +6.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

Puckline -1.5 +107
Moneyline -215
Over / Under u +6.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

Nearly 30 points separate the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals in the NHL standings, and they meet Saturday in D.C. in what begins the Caps’ second half of the season. Ottawa’s only played 33 games prior to Saturday, but at 11-20-4, their playoff aspirations are all but over. Meanwhile, a win could put Washington back into playoff seeding in the Metropolitan division rather than the wild-card spots.

Puck drop at Capital One Arena goes at 7 p.m., with the Caps entering as -209 favourites on the moneyline and the total listed at 6.0 on the NHL odds.

Senators vs. Capitals NHL Betting Odds

Like most NHL clubs, Washington’s gotten the better of Ottawa as of late with wins in nine of their last 10 meetings. The Sens have dropped eight straight at Washington too.

High amounts of scoring is another trend to keep an eye on in this match. The over is 14-6-1 in Washington’s 21 home games this season and connected in each of their last five at home. Meanwhile, Ottawa’s on a remarkable 16-3 over stretch in their last 19 against the Metropolitan division.

Saturday’s the second meeting between Ottawa and Washington this season too. The first? A 7-5 Capitals win that featured hat-tricks on both sides — Drake Batherson for Ottawa, and T.J. Oshie for Washington.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators are nearing the end of a brutal, COVID-influenced road trip on Saturday. This will be Ottawa’s eighth road game in their last nine overall, and their second-last before returning home for three straight. The results on the road haven’t been that bad for the Sens’ standards. The stretch started with a 8-2 win at Florida, and they’ve failed to get a point in only three of the seven on the road thus far.

Unfortunately for Ottawa they fell in their most recent away game, a 6-4 defeat at Pittsburgh. The Sens rallied for three goals in the third, but fell short. Batherson extended a four-game point streak with Ottawa’s first goal. Filip Gustavsson made 23 saves in relief of Anton Forsberg who got pulled.

Washington Capitals

The over might be hot at Washington, but the team on the ice isn’t. The Caps have dropped three of their last four on home ice, although they recently defeated Winnipeg on Tuesday. Before hosting Ottawa, the Caps hit the road to Boston where they fell 4-3 on a last-minute Bruins tally.

Nicklas Backstrom scored his first of the season in the loss, which was Backstrom’s eighth game played. Alex Ovechkin recorded an assist to extend his point streak to six straight games. The 36-year-old Ovechkin leads all NHL skaters with 56 points and 27 goals in 41 games. Ovechkin is nine goals back of Jaromir Jagr for third all-time.

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