Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/22/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Montreal Canadiens (28-27-8) at Ottawa Senators (21-29-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators +113 / Montreal Canadiens -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV: CiTV, RSN1
The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 21 goals, Max Domi has 24 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 199 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 135 goals on 1,519 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing 15 of their last 20 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with 22 goals, Thomas Chabot has 28 assists and Anthony Duclair has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 73 goals on 736 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 58 goals on 628 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Senators are 31-67 in their last 98 games as an underdog, 4-12 in their last 16 home games and 35-73 in their last 108 overall. The under is 16-7-1 in Canadiens last 24 overall. The under is 7-3 in Senators last 10 overall. The Canadiens are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
The Montreal Canadiens have won five of the last six meetings and seven of the last 10 meetings against the Ottawa Senators. Obviously the Montreal Canadiens have issues of their own and aren't a team you should be running to the window to bet, but I'll back them here against a Senators team that's in far worse shape and is the second worst tam to back this season. Only the Detroit Red Wings have lost more money this season than the Ottawa Senators. Give me the Habs on the road.