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Southeast Division Champs Look To Play Spoiler

Posted by Don Melrose on 4/24/2013 7:16:44 PM

The Washington Capitals are Southeast division champions for the final time in 2013. They still aren’t finished just yet. The streaking Capitals will look to keep the momentum going when they host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, where they have climbed to six games above .500. The Senators are coming off consecutive online sports betting losses and still haven’t clinched a playoff spot, so they should bring their best to the nation’s capital as their bid to reach the postseason continues with two games to play. Washington won’t just concede the two points though, so look for this to be a low-scoring, tight-checking game.

Ottawa Senators @ Washington Capitals
Thursday April 25, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
NHL Sportsbook Line: Ottawa - 130

Ottawa should be the team bringing a lot more urgency to the table in this contest, but that was the case in each of their previous two games and they lost both. The Senators need to focus on taking it one game at a time, and they have won each of their first two games against the Capitals so far this season.

NHL Betting Preview: Ottawa Senators

That includes a 3-1 win over Washington at home last week in which Craig Anderson made 18 saves and Kyle Turris scored a pair of goals to lead Ottawa. The Senators outshot the Capitals 38-19 in that sports betting win, and need to bring that same effort to the table on the road this Thursday. Turris leads Ottawa in goals with 10 and points with 26, but could move to the No. 2 center spot on the depth chart with Jason Spezza inching closer to a return. Spezza isn’t likely to play on Thursday, but the Senators could elect to give Erik Karlsson the chance to get his legs underneath him before the playoffs begin.

NHL Betting Preview: Washington Capitals

The Capitals understand how hard they have worked to get to this point in the season, and they won’t want to concede any momentum with only two games to go. Alex Ovechkin’s resurgence has been the biggest reason for the team’s success, as his team-leading 31 goals have pushed Washington to fourth in the NHL in goals per game. Head coach Adam Oates deserves all the credit in the world for finding what works and helping his superstars rediscover their offensive flare, and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if he was up for the coach of the year award.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Ottawa dominated the last meeting between these teams, and with everything on the line there is no doubt they will bring it in the rematch. The Capitals won’t go down without a fight, but it’s hard to imagine the team going all out and risking injuries when they already have a playoff spot locked up. Look for the Senators to take the two points in what will be a close, low-scoring hockey game as they clinch a playoff spot in the nation’s capital.

NHL Betting Pick: Ottawa Senators

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