Ottawa Senators vs. Washington Capitals - 1/7/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Ottawa Senators vs Washington Capitals
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Senators (+317) Capitals (-365)
Capital One Arena is the venue where Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (29-9-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the Ottawa Senators (16-21-5, 7th in the Atlantic Division) on Tuesday. The Capitals open this contest at -365 while the Senators are coming in at +317. The total has been set at 6.5. The Senators are covering 38.1% of the time, having gone 16-26 SU. Washington is covering 65.0% of the time, going 26-14 straight up.
The Ottawa Senators come into the game holding a record of 16 wins and 21 defeats, ranking them 7th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 117 goals which has them ranked at 12th in the East and 23rd in the league. Their goal differential is -24, ranking them 26th in the league. The Senators currently have a total of 37 pts, which has them ranked at 29th in the league and 14th in the East. In discussing shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,250 which has them ranked at 13th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the league. As a unit, Ottawa has earned a total of 1,105 hits which means they have an average of 26.3 per game. They currently have a total of 552 blocks for this season. The man in the crease for Ottawa is Craig Anderson from Ruse, Bulgaria. He is 38 years old and has played a total of 1,076 minutes protecting the goal for the year. Anderson is giving up an average of 3.12 goals per contest which has him ranked 23rd in the Eastern Conference and 48th among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he's surrendered 56 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .900 which has him ranked 24th in the Eastern Conference.
The Ottawa Senators will need a bounce back game after taking a 5 - 3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning their last time out. The Senators played like an average offensive team in this loss. For this game, they scored on 3 of the 28 shots they put on goal. They also had 4 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal out of those chances. Ottawa earned a total of 13 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Senators was 41 and the Corsi against was 51 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 44.6%. Their Fenwick was 32 while the Fenwick against was 37, meaning they had a rate of 46.4%. They earned 10 face-off wins at even strength and lost 27 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 49.2% and they had a PDO of 86.2 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning earned 28 shots. They had 17 penalty mins and they notched 2 power play attempts.
The Capitals will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 29 victories and 9 losses. in respect to goal differential, they sit 3rd in the East and 4th in the NHL with +25. They have compiled a total of 152 goals for this season which has them sitting at 2nd in the East. Washington has a save % as a team of .902 which is good for 17th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.1% putting them at 1st in the conference. In net for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a tough campaign by giving up 2.99 goals against average and that places him 18th in the Eastern Conference and 39th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,726 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has allowed 86 goals. He has a save % of .902, which ranks him 21st in the Eastern Conference and 43rd among goalies in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals played the San Jose Sharks in a game where the Capitals got the win by a final score of 5 - 4. In this matchup, Washington went home with a 49.5% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 49 and the other team having a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 47.3% with a Fenwick of 35 and the Sharks having earned a 39 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Washington had and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 111.5 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 60.7%. The Capitals converted 5 goals of the 29 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Sharks had 4 power play chances and came through by scoring 2 goals. Washington gave up 29 shots on goal and the Sharks racked up a total of 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington (-365)
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