The Ottawa Senators (17-25-1) travel to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (19-20-7) on Tuesday, January 23rd. This game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal and televised on ESPN+. The Senators are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Canadiens are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Bruins. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Senators vs Canadiens
The Ottawa Senators Are Coming Off A Win
Heading into the game, Ottawa is 17-25-1 overall and 13-12 against Eastern Conference opponents. In the Atlantic Division, they are 8th with 35 points. On the road, the Senators are just 5-13-0 this season.
Over their last ten games, Ottawa has gone just 3-7 and they have lost two straight. As the favorite, the Senators are 10-8-0 on the year, and they have won four straight games when favored.
On the season, Ottawa has gone 18-24 against the puck line, including 13 losses by more than one goal. In their last ten games, the Senators have gone just 3-7 vs. the puck line, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is at -1 goal per game.
So far, the Senators have gone just 7-11 vs. the puck line on the road, and their average scoring differential away from home is at -.7 goals per contest. In their last three games, Ottawa has gone 3-0 vs. the puck line, and they have gone 11-13 vs. the puck line as the underdog.
Facing the Flyers in their last game, the Senators won by a score of 5-3. Offensively, the Senators couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored two times in the second period and three goals in the third. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 34 shots on goal and had 4 turnovers.
Entering the game as the underdog, Ottawa came away with a victory against the puck line. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 8 goals.
The Montreal Canadiens Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Montreal enters tonight’s game with a record of 19-20-7, ranking 13th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the Atlantic Division. They have lost two straight games and are 4-6 in their last ten games.
At home this season, the Canadiens are 9-11-3, and as the underdog, they have gone 16-19-7. In the Eastern Conference, Montreal is 10-14 and has been the underdog in 42 of their 46 games.
Montreal enters this game with a puck line record of 28-18 and an average scoring margin of -.8 goals per game. They have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten games and have gone 14-13 against the puck line in one-goal games this year.
So far, the Canadiens have gone just 13-10 against the puck line at home, but they have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten home games. Overall, Montreal has gone 28-14 against the puck line as the underdog, including going 3-2 against the puck line in their last five games.
Coming off a 9-4 loss on the road to the Bruins, the Canadiens are hoping to bounce back today. Offensively, the Canadiens scored two goals in the first period and two times in the second period. Out of Montreal’s four goals, two were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 21 shots on goal and had seven giveaways.
Montreal entered as the underdog and suffered both a straight-up loss and did not cover the puck line. The combined total of 13 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
Ottawa Offense Breakdown
The Senators come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 17th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 19th in the league. So far this year, the Senators are 11-14 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 6-10 in games with fewer shots on goal.
For the season, the over/under record of the Senators’ stands at 24-15-3. They have had 27 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 7.1 goals per game.
Canadiens Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Canadiens are scoring an 2.7 goals per game this season, ranking 27th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 28th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Canadiens offense is 17th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 14th in the NHL.
This season, the over/under record for the Canadiens’ is 24-21-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 24 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6.5. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
Ottawa Team Defense
The Senators defense is currently 28th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.8 shots per game against Ottawa. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 26th with 1 shutouts.
Montreal Team Defense
The Canadiens’ defense comes into the game with a ranking of 29th in takeaways and an average of 5.3 takeaways per contest. They hold 3rd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.3 goals given up per game.
Senators vs Canadiens Trends
- Through their last ten road contests, the Senators offense has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing an average of 4. Ottawa posted an overall record of 2-8 while going 2-8 ATS.
- Across their last five home contests, Montreal has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 2-3, while averaging 2 goals per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Canadiens have an puck line mark of just 7-3 in their last ten games. Montreal posted a straight up mark of 4-6 in these matchups.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Senators have a straight up record of 6-4. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-7.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Canadiens to take down the Senators at home. With the moneyline currently at +121, I’m placing my bet on the Canadiens straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Canadiens winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Canadiens straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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