The Ottawa Senators (11-12-0) travel to face off against the St. Louis Blues (13-14-1) on Thursday, December 14th. This game will be played at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Both the Senators and Blues will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Ottawa Senators vs St. Louis Blues
The Ottawa Senators Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Senators come in with an overall record of 11-12-0. On the road, Ottawa has a 3-3-0 record, whereas they are 8-9-0 at home. They are currently positioned 8th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 16th in the Eastern conference. Ottawa’s average scoring margin this season is +.2 leading to an overall puck line record of 12-11. Their scoring margin at home is .0 and +.8 on the road.
The Senators are looking to bounce back from a 4-1 loss at home to the Hurricanes. In the first period, the Senators found success on offense with one time, but that was the end of their scoring for the game. For the game, Ottawa’s only goal came at even strength. Overall, they had 32 shots on goal vs. Carolina.
Ottawa entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. Combining for 5 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.5.
The St. Louis Blues Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their 28 games, the Blues have a 13-14-1 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 7-5-0 record, and their record on the road is 6-9-1. This record has them sitting 6th in the Western Central division and 10th in the Western conference. St. Louis’ average scoring margin this season is -0.5 leading to an overall puck line record of 13-15. Their scoring margin at home is .0 and -0.9 on the road.
The Blues are looking to bounce back from a 6-4 loss at home to the Red Wings. In the offensive department, the Blues notched one goal during the first period and three times in the second period. Throughout the game, the St. Louis offense managed to score one time while short-handed and took 37 shots on goal.
St. Louis took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. With a combined total of 10 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.
Ottawa Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Senators come into the game at 3.4 goals per contest placing 26th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 29th position in the league. The Senators went 8-8 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 3-4.
This season, the Senators have an over/under record of 11-9-3. Throughout the season, they have played 14 games that went over the 6.5 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.7 per game.
St. Louis Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Blues are scoring an 2.8 goals per game this season, ranking 25th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 17th in the league. The Blues went 6-6 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-7.
The Blues’ over/under record this season is 10-16-2. For the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Ottawa Team Defense
The Senators defense is currently 31st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Ottawa. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 20th with 1 shutouts.
St. Louis Team Defense
The Blues defense is currently 7th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.2 shots per game against St. Louis. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 13th with 2 shutouts.
Senators vs Blues Trends
- Ottawa has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 4-1.
- Through their last five home games, St. Louis has an puck line record of just 1-4. However, their overall record was 1-4 while averaging 1 goals per game.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Blues have a straight up record of 1-2 and an puck line mark of 1-2.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Ottawa has an puck line mark of 3-7 while going 4-6 straight up.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Blues to take down the Senators at home. With the moneyline currently at -110, I’m placing my bet on the Blues straight-up.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Senators to cover. Even if the Blues win straight-up, this one should be close throughout 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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