Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens - 10/15/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (1-0-0) at Ottawa Senators (1-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -120 / Montreal Canadiens -102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators play an NHL matchup Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens look to build on their solid Thursday night road victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Brendan Gallagher led the way for Montreal with two goals, while Andrew Shaw also found the back of the net and David Desharnais had an assist. However, the star of the show for the Canadians may have been goalie Al Montoya, who allowed just one goal on 31 shots faced. Montoya hopes to be sharp again considering Carey Price continues to miss time with the flu and is expected to be out for this game as well. The Montreal Canadiens have a chance to start the season 2-0 for the third straight year. Brian Flynn is questionable with a neck injury.
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The Ottawa Senators are also off to a quick start after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime on Wednesday. Kyle Turris led Ottawa with two goals on four shots on goal, while Erik Karlsson had one goal and two assists. Goalie Craig Anderson allowed four goals on 38 shots faced and has now allowed three or more goals in four of his last six games. The Senators were able to overcome the onslaught of rookie Auston Matthews, who had four goals in the first two periods of his NHL debut. It was a feel good win for Ottawa in what could have been a very frustrating loss, and it gives head coach Guy Boucher his first victory calling the shots for the Senators. The Ottawa Senators have a chance to start the season 2-0 for the second straight year.
The Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Senators are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Senators have won two of the last three games against the Canadiens and should be a confident bunch after winning a game in where it looked like they were going to lose to a rookie who had a historic night. A victory like that could do wonders for Ottawa's confidence. While the Canadiens may be the better team, I like Ottawa at home for the cheap price.