Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators - 1/4/14
Ottawa Senators (18-18-7) at Montreal Canadiens (24-14-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -157 / Ottawa Senators +143 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Senators look for their fourth straight win as they head across the border to face off against the Canadiens in Montreal.
The Senators have struggled mightily this season after expectations shot sky high in light of their last two playoff appearances and at the current rate the Sens will be on the outside looking in when it comes to the Eastern Conference playoff picture. However, the Sens are currently in the midst of their best stretch of hockey this season as they have won three straight games and have pulled to within striking distance of the Wings and Leafs in the Atlantic division. Ottawa has been riding Bobby Ryan all season long as the former Ducks forward has been playing some of his best hockey since joining the Red Army and while he is in the midst of some big time controversy regarding his snub from the American Olympic team it has been business as usual on the ice. Craig Anderson, who was also left off the American team will get the call for the Sens tonight as he goes up against Carey Price who is the favourite to be the starting netminder for the Canadian team.
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The Canadiens look to keep pace in the Atlantic division on Saturday night as they trail both the Bruins and Lightning for top spot but are a win or two away from reclaiming top spot and that could come tonight against the Sens. Montreal is a team that is looking to build off of last year’s disappointing playoff exit and while they have had a chance at redemption on a number of occasions already this year you can bet they would love to win every single contest against the Sens this season. The Canadiens are a funny team as they continue to find ways to win despite not having an overwhelming roster offensively. Carey Price has been the team’s MVP this season as he has been rock solid in the Montreal crease and the emergence of Max Pacioretty as a go to guy offensively has been great but I think they need to bring in some help if they want to win the Cup. This will be a very exciting contest and while Montreal is the logical pick I actually really like Ottawa here. They seem to have Montreal’s number and with Ryan and Anderson playing well of late I think they can do enough to get Ottawa the win here.