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Sens play key contest in Washington

The Ottawa Senators will get a chance to improve their playoff chances on Thursday night as they take the ice in Washington for an NHL betting matchup against Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.

And the Senators have managed to pick up the win in each of their last three games against the Capitals dating back to last season, including a 3-1 home victory in their last meeting as a -112 favorite on the NHL odds. That game was an UNDER result.

Washington battles the Senators, currently with a 23-16-6 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 21-22-3 for the Capitals and 10-28-7 for the Senators.

View Ottawa vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Washington sat as -105 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

Power Rankings:
The Capitals sit at No. 15 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Senators sit at a No. 10 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 3-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Senators defense that ranks No. 2 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 25.9% rate while the Senators have a 88.3% rate on the penalty kill.

The Senators were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +110 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 5-3 winner as they battled the Jets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at -200 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Ottawa Senators Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Winnipeg are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

A few Senators at Capitals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Ottawa's last 10 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Washington is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Ottawa
Washington is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games

Next up:
Ottawa home to Philadelphia, Saturday, April 27
Washington home to Boston, Saturday, April 27