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Hockey odds preview - Washington vs. San Jose

Washington Capitals

San Jose Sharks
33-27-11 March 22, 2014, 10:30 PM | SAP Center 46-18-7

A key battle on the NHL odds menu sees visiting Washington duelling San Jose on Saturday at SAP Center.

The Capitals will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 33-27-11 this season, while the Sharks are 46-18-7. Washington is 34-37 against the total, while San Jose is 31-35-5 versus the number.View Washington Capitals vs San Jose Sharks Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Sharks as -205 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 14 (Sharks) and the No. 4 (Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Washington was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Kings. They lost as +171 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

San Jose won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Ducks on March 20. Bettors who backed the Sharks at -157 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Jose's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 3.08 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 23 at 2.97 goals allowed. The Sharks power play is averaging 16.14% while the Capitals defense kills off 81.42% of their penalties.

Next up:
Washington home to Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 25th
San Jose at Calgary, Monday, March 24th