Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens - 3/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (33-32-6) at Ottawa Senators (33-31-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -138 / Montreal Canadiens +115 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Senators return home looking to keep their faint playoff hopes alive as they face off against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens head into Ottawa on Saturday night coming off a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres and will have a hefty dose of support in the stands in this one as they need to get a victory to pull even with the Senators in the playoff race. Montreal has been a train wreck to watch over the last few months and while they have turned it around a little bit over the last couple of weeks it looks to be a case of too little too late and they will likely fall short of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Habs are a dreadful 14-19-3 on the road this season and will start Ben Scrivens tonight as they face off against an Ottawa side that is 19-12-5 at home and will probably counter with Craig Anderson despite playing in a back to back.
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The Senators spoiled a great opportunity last night in Buffalo as they fell 3-1 to the lowly Sabres and took a huge hit in their pursuit of a wild card spot in the East as they are now seven points back of the Wings for the final spot. Ottawa has been a good team at home this season and will have to use that to their advantage here against a Montreal side that has been weak on the road, but as I said the Habs will have a lot of fanfare in the crowd tonight with the proximity being so close to Montreal and it could even play a factor in Montreal’s favour. In the end though, I think Ottawa is the better team by a hair and being at home I think they rebound after an ugly one last night.