Nashville Predators vs. Ottawa Senators - 1/11/14
Ottawa Senators (19-18-8) at Nashville Predators (19-20-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -126 / Ottawa Senators +114 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Senators look to continue their strong play on the road in Nashville while the Predators look to shake off another tough loss.
The Sens have been the Cinderella team in the Eastern Conference for the last two seasons as they were projected to finish outside the playoffs for each of those campaigns but this season the slipper doesn’t fit as Ottawa has struggled to live up to expectations thus far. The Senators struggled out of the gate and many people pointed to the departure of Daniel Alfredsson as the main proprietor of their futility but they have since turned a corner and are on their way back up the Atlantic division standings. Ottawa has points in 7 of their last 10 games and are just two points behind the Red Wings for fourth place in the division and with the struggling Predators on tap tonight they have a very real shot at getting back in the top half of their divisional bracket. Craig Anderson is projected to get the start for the Sens while the Preds will counter with Marek Mazanec.
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I have mentioned a number of times lately that the Predators are in for a tough season as they simply don’t have the structure and balance they once did and with a lack of offensive depth and the loss of some key players via free agency and injury has been killer in the Music City. Nashville currently sits in 6th place in the Central division as they have lost 7 of their last 10 contests and aren’t showing any signs of improvement which ultimately should cost them a spot in the postseason. The loss of Ryan Suter at the beginning of last season has been tough but I think the absence of Pekka Rinne in the crease has been worse as both Mazanec and Carter Hutton have struggled to fill Rinne’s shoes. Mike Fisher will get to see some familiar faces in this one as he spent the beginning of his career in Ottawa but for him I think tonight he’ll wish he stayed North of the border as Ottawa should get the two points.