Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators - 2/4/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ottawa Senators (16-24-9) at Montreal Canadiens (21-25-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -155 / Ottawa Senators +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, TSN
The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens meet Sunday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Ottawa Senators need another victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 18 goals, Erik Karlsson has 29 assists and Mike Hoffman has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 74.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 107 goals on 1,100 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 50 goals on 516 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.
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The Montreal Canadiens also need a victory here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 18 goals, Phillip Danault has 16 assists and Max Pacioretty has 189 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 106 goals on 1,129 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 19 goals on 250 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Senators are 6-20 in their last 26 road games, 8-20 in their last 28 Sunday games and 17-36 in their last 53 overall. The Canadiens are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-1 in their last 6 Sunday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Senators are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Neither of these teams are playing well, and I'm not sure a quick turnaround on the end of a back to back for both sides is going to help matters. However, Montreal has won five of the last six meetings against Ottawa and has done a great job of keeping the Senators offense in check in those contests. Ottawa also hasn't won in Montreal since November of 2016. I'll back the home team in this spot based on the recent history.