The Ottawa Senators (11-14-0) travel to face off against the Vegas Golden Knights (20-6-5) on Sunday, December 17th. This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both the Senators and Golden Knights will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Ottawa Senators vs Vegas Golden Knights
The Ottawa Senators Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Facing the Golden Knights, the Senators have a record of 11-14-0 so far. At home, their record is 8-9-0 and 3-5-0 on the road. This record has them sitting 8th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 16th in the Eastern conference. Ottawa’s average scoring difference this season sits at +.1, which has contributed to their overall puck line record of 13-12. When playing at home, they have a scoring margin of .0, and on the road, it is +.2.
The Senators aim to bounce back following their 5-4 loss on the road to the Stars. Scoring-wise, the Senators put up three goals during the first period and one time in the second period. All four goals came at even strength. They finished with 29 shots on goal and had 2 turnovers.
Despite the defeat, Ottawa managed to cover the puck line, going into the game as the underdogs. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.
The Vegas Golden Knights Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Facing the Senators, the Golden Knights have a record of 20-6-5 so far. At home, their record is 11-3-2 and 9-3-3 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 1st in the Western conference. Vegas’ average scoring margin this season is +.9, leading to an overall puck line record of 15-16. At their home arena, they have a scoring margin of +1.2, while on the road, it is +.7.
The Golden Knights are looking to bounce back from a 5-2 loss at home to the Sabres. During the first period, the Golden Knights started slow, but they turned things around by scoring one time in the second period and one goal in the third. Vegas’ one power-play goals contributed to their total of 2 goals. Their offensive performance came with 35 shots on goal and seven giveaways.
Vegas took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
Ottawa Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Senators are averaging 3.4 goals per game which is 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. This season, the Senators have a 8-10 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 3-4 record.
For the season, the over/under record of the Senators’ stands at 12-10-3. They have had 15 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
Vegas Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 5th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 3rd in the league. The Golden Knights went 11-6 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 8-0.
The Golden Knights come in with an over/under record of 14-17-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6 per game.
Ottawa Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Senators head into the game ranked 31st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.8 shots per game against Ottawa. So far, they are 21st in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.
Vegas Team Defense
Vegas defense takes on the Senators ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 29.2 shots per game against Vegas. They alsso are 8th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Senators vs Golden Knights Trends
- When looking at their past five road matchups, Ottawa has an puck line record of 3-2 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- Across their ten previous home games, Vegas has an puck line mark of 5-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 5-5 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- The Golden Knights have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 4-1 straight up and 5-0 against the spread.
- As the betting favorite, the Senators have an puck line mark of just 1-4 in their last five games. Ottawa posted a straight up mark of 2-3 in these matchups.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Senators to come out with a win against the Golden Knights while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at +158, I’m placing my bet on the Senators to win outright.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Senators winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Senators straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will stay below that threshold, and we strongly suggest placing a bet on the under.
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