The Ottawa Senators (11-16-0) travel to face off against the Colorado Avalanche (19-11-2) on Thursday, December 21st. This game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver. Both the Senators and Avalanche will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:00 ET.
Ottawa Senators vs Colorado Avalanche
The Ottawa Senators Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In today’s game, the Senators will be looking to break out of a five game losing streak. Currently, their record is 11-16-0 which comprises of going 8-9-0 at home and 3-7-0 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 8th spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 16th in the Eastern conference. Ottawa heads into the game with nine wins by more than one goal, and lost 11 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 13-14.
In their most recent game, the Senators fell to the Coyotes on the road by a score of 4-3. Offensively, the Senators got off to a good start by scoring three times in the first period, but that was the extent of their scoring for the game. Ottawa’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 3 goals. Their offensive performance came with 22 shots on goal and one giveaways.
Ottawa was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
The Colorado Avalanche Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Avalanche currently hold an overall record of 19-11-2. When playing on the road, Colorado has a 7-7-2 record, while they are 12-4-0 at home. They are currently positioned 3rd in the Western Central division and 6th in the Western conference. Colorado’s average scoring margin for the season is +.5, resulting in an overall puck line record of 15-17. When playing at home their scoring margin is +1.5, whereas in away games, they are at -0.5.
Coming off a 3-2 loss on the road to the Blackhawks, the Avalanche are hoping to bounce back today. In the first period, the Avalanche found success on offense with two times, but that was the end of their scoring for the game. The team’s two goals came when they were in power play. Overall, they took 37 shots on goal and had 6 giveaways.
Colorado went into the game favored by -1.5, giving them a loss vs. the puck line. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 5 goals.
Ottawa Offense Breakdown
For their offensive performance, the Senators come in averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, which is 23rd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. This year, the Senators have recorded a 8-10 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 3-6 record.
This season, the Senators have an over/under record of 14-10-3. Throughout the season, they have played 17 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.8 per game.
Colorado Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Avalanche have an average of 3.6 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 2nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 4th in the league. Colorado’s offense comes into the game ranked 9th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 9th in the NHL.
This season, the over/under record for the Avalanche’s is 17-13-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
Ottawa Team Defense
Defensively, the Senators come into the season ranked 29th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30.2 shots per game against Ottawa. For the season, they are ranked 21st in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Colorado Team Defense
The Avalanche defense is currently 21st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 28.9 shots per game against Colorado. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 22nd with 1 shutouts.
Senators vs Avalanche Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Senators have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- Across their five previous home games, Colorado has an puck line mark of 0-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-5 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Avalanche have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-2.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Ottawa has an puck line mark of 2-8 while going 3-7 straight up.
When it comes to a straight moneyline bet, look no further than the Avalanche. Nevertheless, given the payout of -186, you could also think about incorporating this bet into a parlay.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Senators to cover. Even in the event of a Avalanche victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Senators should cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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