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Capital vs. Senators (October 20)

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Capitals vs Senators odds

capitals odds -105
Senators odds -115
over/under 6.5 (-130/+105)
time 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
tv set TSN5
Odds by BetMGM. Get the latest NHL odds here.

How have the times changed? Like last season, the idea of ​​the Senators entering this game as favorites was eyebrow-raising to say the least, but is it really that weird? With missing players, these two teams will look dramatically different Thursday night compared to last season.


Washington is a pretty good team when healthy, but the Capitals don’t offer anything close to an ideal lineup in this contest.

Tom Wilson (knee), Conor Brown (lower body), Karl Hegelin (hip) and Niklas Backstrom (hip) are out due to injury. To make matters worse, Evgeny Kuznetsov has his one-game suspension for high sticking, so he won’t be able to play either. Given this, Washington is missing three of its regular top-six forwards (Backstrom, Wilson and Kuznetsov), and arguably four as Brown has played a top-six role so far this season. missing. On top of that, the Capitals are missing notable bottom six forward Hegelin.

Washington’s strength is that even without these forwards, they have some good offensive weapons. 37-year-old Alex Ovechkin was his typical dominant self, scoring two goals and his five in four games. Dylan Strom has been playing well with Washington, scoring 1 goal and 4 points in 4 contests. In addition, there are other good scoring options such as Conor Shelley, Marcus Johansson, TJ Oshie and Anthony Mansa.

The Capitals are also healthy on the blue line, led by one of the best offensive defenses in the business from John Carlson. On goal, Darcy Kemper is likely to nod, and while he hasn’t had a great start with his 3.04 GAA and . It should become so again in the process of 2022-23 campaign.

Still, Washington’s offense is thinner than usual, a problem exacerbated by Ottawa’s additions over the summer.


Let’s start with the bad news. Ottawa are not a particularly good team defensively, nor do they have great goaltending. Netminder He said Cam Talbot is on the disabled list and is expected to be out of action against Washington. Anton Forsberg, who started the season with his GAA of 3.38 and a save percentage of .900, will likely play instead.

The Senators are a team built for fun, high-scoring games, and certainly capable of winning those kinds of contests. Summer added forwards Claude Giroud and Alex Devlincat After that, Ottawa’s top two lines are Brady Tkachuk, Tim Statzl and Drake Bazarson, followed by Giroud, Josh Norris and Devlin Cat. These are two elite units that are supposed to make life miserable for opposing goaltenders.

A 7-5 win over Boston on Tuesday revitalized the Senators’ offense, though Ottawa scored just three goals after losing the first two games of the season. The Senator needs some of that developing chemistry to carry over to this contest.

Capital vs. Senator Choice

Over 6.5 goals would be tempting if both teams were healthy, but the Capitals’ numerous injuries have made that bet disgusting. Instead, I like Senators with a puck line, even if the spread is 1.5 goals in favor of Washington.

Having this game take place in Ottawa certainly helps a bit, so above all the Senators will enjoy home ice advantage.

Choose: Ottawa Senators Pack Line +200 (Play to +180)

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