Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators - 10/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ottawa Senators (2-0-0) at Detroit Red Wings (0-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -141 / Ottawa Senators +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings play an NHL game Monday night at the Joe Louis Arena.
The Ottawa Senators are off to a strong 2-0 start to the season and take the road for the first time. The Senators offense has really led the way, as they have nine goals in two games and that’s without scoring on the power play. Kyle Turris leads Ottawa with two goals, Erik Karlsson has three assists and Derick Brassard has seven shots on goal. The Senators are simply in a zone offensively at the moment and have now won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than two goals. As for the defense, Craig Anderson has saved 55 of 62 shots, numbers that could certainly use improvement. The Ottawa Senators look for their first 3-0 start since the 2012-13 NHL season.
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The Detroit Red Wings need a victory after a rough 0-2 start to the season and take their home ice for the first time. The Red Wings have allowed 10 goals in two games and are killing just 62.5 percent of the power play. To say Petr Mrazek is off to a rocky start would be an understatement. The good news for the Red Wings is that Thomas Vanek has two goals, while Mike Green has two assists and Dylan Larkin has five shots on goal. The Red Wings just have to figure things out defensively, as the offense will come and consistently give Detroit chances to win games. Still, the Detroit Red Wings are not used to these type of slow starts and haven’t started 0-3 in well over a decade. Niklas Kronwall is questionable with a knee injury.
The Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games and 9-19 in their last 28 road games. The Red Wings are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
It's been forever since the Detroit Red Wings have started a season 0-3, and a game at home should help get them back on track. Mrazek won't continue to struggle the way he has, and the Red Wings have won four of their last five games at home. Strong start for the Senators, but the must-win attitude for the Red Wings should be the difference maker.