[7:08 PM] Sharks @ Capitals

Who will WIN this matchup?

San Jose Sharks (6-6-0)

@ Washington Capitals (8-2-1)


Starting Goalies:

Martin Jones (SJ): Unconfirmed

Braden Holtby(WSH): Confirmed


Current odds:

San Jose Sharks: (+110)

Washington Capitals: (-130)


The Washington Capitals are among the league’s hottest teams, but even their next matchup against one of last season’s Stanley Cup finalists promises to be overshadowed. With most of the nation focused on the results of the presidential election, the surging Capitals will host the struggling San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Goaltender Martin Jones made his eighth straight start but lasted only one period after surrendering three goals on seven shots against the Penguins before giving way to Aaron Dell. DeBoer tinkered with his lines at Sunday’s practice, moving Joel Ward up with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton while Mikkel Boedker, Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau formed another unit.

Nate Schmidt became a mainstay among Washington’s defensive corps last season and now is paired with veteran Brooks Orpik, who missed 41 games in 2015-16 due to injury. The duo is coming off a strong offensive performance in Saturday’s win, with Schmidt collecting a pair of assists and Orpik setting up the game-tying goal.

Capitals captain Alex Oveckin has seven goals in his last nine contests overall and seven tallies in 14 career games versus San Jose.

The Sharks are 1-for-12 on the power play during their three-game skid.

Capitals G Braden Holtby has won his last four starts, but he has split four decisions with a 4.05 goals-against average against the Sharks.


StreakSmarts Pick: Washington Capitals 

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick