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Washington Capitals vs Ottawa Senators predictions

Face-off: 1230 ET, 13/02/2022

Venue: Capital One Arena

Washington have already beaten Ottawa twice this season and look well placed to complete a hat-trick of head-to-head wins at Capital One Arena.

The Senators have a mountain to climb if they are to get into playoffs contention and must back-up from a 2-0 loss to Boston in Canada here.

We reckon 2.05 for a home win by more than one clear goal is a good place to start our Washington Capitals vs Ottawa Senators predictions.

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Washington Capitals Odds

Washington did us a big favour when enjoying a 5-2 victory at Montreal on Thursday, with our match preview featuring a trio of successful selections, including a 13.5 correct score pay-out.

The Canadiens showed some spirit under new boss Martin St Louis, but Joe Snively bagged a brace of goals in a comfortable triumph for the Capitals.

It was just a sixth NHL game for Snively and coach Peter Laviolette said of the 26-year-old forward: “He brings a lot of tenacity to the game.

“He’s detailed, he’s tenacious, he’s quick, he’s got a good skill level. You notice him in the battles, you notice him when he has open space, then you notice that he can make plays as well.”

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists to continue his fine run of form and top scorer Alex Ovechkin can return tonight after being ruled out by Canada’s Covid rules.

Looking at the 4.33 for the hosts to prevail by exactly three goals again.

Ottawa Senators Odds

Ottawa claimed three wins out of four either side of the All-Star break but are now coming off back-to-back 2-0 home defeats versus Pittsburgh and Boston.

Against the Bruins, the Senators failed to recover from conceding twice in the opening period.

Center Nick Paul said of the tardy start: “That isn’t the identity we want. We want to be the hardest-working team every night.

“That first period wasn’t it. We started coming in the second and the third, but it was already too late.

“Things happen and learning experiences happen. As a team, we know we’ve got to be ready off the start, or games like these happen.”

Ottawa have been outscored 7-0 since Chris Tierney netted in the second period of a 4-3 win against the Hurricanes last Tuesday.

They will battle to end that barren run, but let’s finish off our NHL predictions by taking 11.5 for the Capitals to oblige 4-1.

Additional stats

Last result:

Montreal 2-5 WASHINGTON

OTTAWA 0-2 Boston

Head-to-head: Washington 3-2 Ottawa, Ottawa 5-7 Washington

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