Senators vs Capitals
The Capitals have lost two in a row and the Senators have won four in a row, but even though Ottawa is 2-1-0 against Washington this season they are under .500 on the road.
Ottawa Senators (41-30-5 87 pts) at Washington Capitals (49-15-11 109 pts)
Bovada has a moneyline for this game with the Capitals as the favorites posted at -210 with the Senators at +180 with a total of 6 goals.
Tonight the Washington Capitals host the Ottawa Senators in an Eastern Conference match up. Washington will be the number one seed in the playoffs and the Senators are in the fifth position and would love to move up to, at least, fourth so they can host a first round playoff series.
This season the Capitals are 27-5-4 at home and the Senators are 16-20-1 on the road.
In their last games the Capitals lost to the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Sunday while the Senators beat the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
The Capitals have the best home record in the league while the Senators have the worst home record of any team in the East that is currently in the playoff picture.
The Senators do not have a high-scoring offense ranking 18th in the league (2.64 goals per game), but they are giving up the fewest goals per game in the league (2.39). The Ottawa defense has been awesome in their four-game winning streak only giving up four goals.
The Ottawa defense has their work cut out for them tonight, as the Capitals have the highest scoring offense in the league (3.83 goals per game) led by superstar Alex Ovechkin, who ranks 2nd in the league in both goals (46) and points (100).
Senators’ G Brian Elliott (27 wins 2.50 GAA save percentage 91.1%) has been playing great as of late and even though he has a GAA of 4.13 in his last four starts against Washington he does have a 3-0-0 record.
This season the Senators have held the Capitals’ league-leading power play without a goal in eight chances.
The Capitals have to stay out of the penalty box tonight since they have given up 62 power play goals this season.
In the last four games between these two teams the total has gone Over every time.
Wednesday Big Games
Phoenix Coyotes at Calgary Flames
The Coyotes are hot, as they are coming off a win and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. They will make the playoffs, but for Calgary time is running out, as they are in the ninth position in the West trailing eighth place Colorado by four points.
Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche
This is a game of two teams heading in different directions, as Colorado has lost two in a row and Anaheim has won two in a row. The Avalanche only lead Calgary by four points for the last playoff spot in the West, while the Ducks have to end the season on fire to make the post-season. The Ducks trail the Avalanche by nine points.
Thursday Big Games
Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins
The Panthers will not be playing in the post-season and the Bruins may, but they have to finish the season well. As of Tuesday Boston holds the eighth and last playoff spot in the East, but they only lead Atlanta by two points and the New York Rangers by four points.
Vancouver Canucks at L.A. Kings
The Kings have lost four in a row, but only trail the Canucks by four points in the West. Vancouver is in the third spot in the West and L.A. is in seventh and this match up may be a preview of a first round playoff match up.