Capitals vs Senators Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 1/31/2020
Game: Washington Capitals vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-201) Senators (+180)
Marcus Hogberg and the Ottawa Senators (18-23-9, 7th in the Atlantic Division) play the Washington Capitals (34-12-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, January 31, 2020. The odds on this contest have the Capitals priced at -201 and the Senators are at +180. The total opens at 6.5. The Capitals are covering 64.6% of the time, having gone 31-17 SU. The Senators are covering 36.0% of the time, going 18-32 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 34 victories and 12 defeats, ranking them 1st in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 182 goals which has them ranked at 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +33, ranking them 4th in the NHL. The Capitals currently have a total of 73 pts, which has them ranked at 1st in the NHL and 1st in the East. in respect to shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,640 which has them ranked at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL. As a unit, Washington currently has a total of 1,135 hits which means they have an average of 22.3 per contest. They currently have a total of 552 blocks for the year. The man protecting the goal for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has played 2,004 mins protecting the goal for the season. Holtby is surrendering 3.11 goals against average which has him ranked 23rd among East goaltenders and 51st in the NHL. During this season, he has given up 104 goals. He has a save % of .896 which has him ranked 28th among East goaltenders.
The Washington Capitals will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 5 - 4 loss against the Nashville Predators their last time out. The Capitals had a good offensive output in the defeat. In this game, they finished 4 of the 33 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 5 power play chances and netted 1 goal out of those tries. Washington had a total of 10 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 41 and the Corsi against was 34 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 54.7%. Their Fenwick was 28 and the Fenwick against sat at 27, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 50.9%. They earned 24 face-off wins and lost 20 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 52.4% and they had a PDO of 100.9 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Nashville Predators earned 24 shots. They had 12 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 4 power play chances.
The Senators are the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they sit with 18 wins and 23 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are ranked 14th in the conference and 26th in the NHL with -27. They currently have a total of 138 goals for the season which ranks 13th in the East. Ottawa has a team save % of .902 which has them 16th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.2% which is good for 12th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Ottawa is Marcus Hogberg who is having a tough season by giving up 2.90 goals per game and that ranks him 19th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 35th in the NHL among goalies. In the 683 minutes he's played, he's allowed 33 goals. He holds a save % of .912, which has him ranked 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 26th in the NHL among goalies.
The Ottawa Senators faced off against the Buffalo Sabres in an outing where the Senators notched a victory by a mark of 5 - 2. For this matchup, Ottawa had a 53.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 40 while their opponent had a Corsi of 35. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 56.5% by earning a Fenwick of 35 and the Sabres earning a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Ottawa played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 99.3 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 50.0%. The Senators netted 5 goals out of the 39 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play attempts in this game and were able to convert 3 out of those attempts. Concerning the opposition, the Sabres had 4 power play chances and went on to score 1 goal. Ottawa conceded 30 shots on goal and the Sabres racked up 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington (-201)
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