NHL Betting: Capitals to spell defeat for Senators

The Winnipeg Jets could jump back up in to the East's last play-off spot if they can knock off Carolina, while subsequently ending any hopes the Hurricanes had left. 

Getting back on home ice has allowed the Jets to notch four consecutive victories and find their offense too. Captain Andrew Ladd is leading from the front. 

Excuses ran out for Carolina a while ago now and although some bounces haven't gone their way, collapsing from a potential play-off team to second bottom of the conference is unacceptable. Don't look past the Jets for this one with a -1.5 handicap at 2.70.

Ottawa and Washington both have 50 points to their name and are seeking to extend their own win streaks when they face off at Scotiabank Place. 

For Washington it's all come together in spectacular fashion. This would be a mighty ninth win in a row for the Capitals and move them one step closer to a division title that looked highly unlikely a couple of weeks ago.  

Their powerplay is the most effective in the NHL and the obvious threat to Ottawa tonight. The Senators do have an excellent penalty kill unit but would be better served by not taking risks and staying out of the box. Washington are good value for this one though, so back them at 2.60.

Just above the danger zone in the West are the Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks, though neither is over the line just yet.

It might be a slightly different story for San Jose if they weren't so good in shootouts. Those eight extra points picked up have turned out to be crucial. 

The downside to that is it may cost them if it comes down to tie breaking rules but a couple of wins means they are almost safe.

Minnesota have also won their last two to ease their worries but against lowly opposition. Overall they have been a little unconvincing this month and I think a good team like San Jose will prove that. Take the Sharks to win at 2.00.

Best Bet: Washington Capitals to win at 2.60

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