Goal-tending “miss-match” as Capitals will start Ilya Samsonov.
15-2-1 this season with stellar 2.07 GAA and .927 save %. On the other hand the Senators will start their backup goalie Marcus Hogberg and he is only 2-2-6 with bad 2.90 GAA and .912 save %.
Big bounce back spot for the Capitals after their previous loss at home 4-5 against the Predators 2 days ago. It’s nothing new for Capitals to lose that clash as they simply cannot play against Predators, now losing 8 games in a row against them.
Senators are still bottom feeders of the NHL as they are lost 8 of their last 9 games.
Senators currently dealing with long list of injured players:
- Clarke MacArthur (IR-NR, neck)
- Ryan Callahan (IR-NR, back)
- Marian Gaborik (IR-NR, back)
- Anders Nilsson (DL, concussion)
- Nick Paul (DL, ankle)
- Christian Wolanin (IR-NR, shoulder)
They are all out for this contest.
The Capitals have scored an average of 3.57 goals per game this year while allowing 2.92 goals per game. The Senators have scored 2.76 goals per game while allowing 3.30 goals per game.
Ovechkin is on fire this season again and by a goal scored against Predators he moved to 9 best scorer in NHL history.
The Capitals absolutely smashed Senators 6-1 in their previous meeting and I expect more of the same today.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Ottawa Senators vs Washington Capitals on 01/31/2020 is: Capitals on the puck line
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