Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottawa Senators - 1/8/14
Ottawa Senators (19-18-7) at Colorado Avalanche (26-12-4)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -163 / Ottawa Senators +148 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET-E, TVA, ALT
The late game on a small NHL Wednesday card features the Ottawa Senators and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Ottawa is playing well at the moment, and things could improve even more with time as the Senators’ Jason Spezza returns to the lineup tonight. While the Sens have won all four games since Spezza left with a hip injury, Ottawa is sure to get a lift with the return of its captain and the team’s fifth leading scorer. Ottawa enters tonight’s game after a 4-3 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Against Montreal, Clarke MacArthur scored a power play game winner just one minute into overtime following a penalty to P.K. Subban. In the last four Senators’ wins the team is averaging nearly four goals per game, and Craig Anderson has a 1.99 GAA in his last five starts.
While the Sens hope that Spezza’s return results in a positive performance on the ice, the Colorado Avalanche hope to bounce back from a home loss to the Calgary Flames. In that game, the Avalanche allowed the Flames, who were struggling offensively, to score four goals on the way to a 4-3 regulation defeat. Rookie Star Nathan MacKinnon notched two more goals in the game, which gives him 14 on the season and a share of second in goals for the Avs. MacKinnon is the leader among all NHL rookies with 28 points on the season.
The Avalanche are 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams, and the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings at the Pepsi Center. The Senators are 4-0 in the last four games overall, 4-1 in the last five versus a team with a winning record, but just 1-5 in the last five road contests. I think that this game will be tightly contested, but with the stellar play of the Senators it is tough to lay the price with the Avs here. So, I will give a slight lean to the over in this game with both teams scoring nearly three goals per game on the season, the return of Spezza, and the recent offensive surge by the Senators.