Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators Stanley Cup Playoffs - 4/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ottawa Senators (43-26-13) at Montreal Canadiens (50-22-10)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -145 / Ottawa Senators +125 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Ottawa Senators open the NHL postseason at the Bell Centre with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Ottawa Senators head to Montreal for game one of the Stanley Cup postseason. The Senators were ranked 9th in scoring at 2.8 goals and gave up an average of 2.5 which was #13 in the league. The Sens have a full head of steam heading in to the postseason as they closed the year with three consecutive victories and wins in six of seven with four of those contests decided in overtime or a shootout. Overall Erik Karlsson lead the team in points with 66 21 with goals and 45 assists while Andrew Hammond paced the team between the pipes with a 1.79 goals against average on a .941 save percentage which included three shutouts. Craig Anderson played in 35 games with a 2.49% GAA and .923 save percentage and wasn’t nearly as effective as Hammond.
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The Montreal Canadiens finished atop the Atlantic with 50 wins thanks to a season ending three game winning streak. The Habs get the Senators at home on Wednesday where they were a solid 26-9-3-3 which will be put to the test in the postseason. The defensive minded Canadiens were #20 in scoring at 2.6 per game which was plenty with the top ranked defense allowing a mere 2.2 goals on only 21 shots. Max Pacioretty led the offense with 67 points that included a hefty 37 goals and 30 assists in 80 games although he might not be on the ice Wednesday with an upper body injury that has him listed as questionable. Caret Price was outstanding in the nets with a 44 win campaign behind a 1.96 GAA and .933 save%.
The Senators are 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games and are 5-0 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 while going 15-2 in their last 17 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games while the over is 3-0-1 in Canadiens last 4 home games with the Canadiens going 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Head to head the over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings while the home team is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings. I don’t usually play favorites in the postseason and for now I will back the Senators and update on game day…