Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/27/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Vancouver Canucks (34-22-6) at Ottawa Senators (21-31-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators +140 / Vancouver Canucks -160 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV: TSN5, RDS2
The Vancouver Canucks and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Center on Thursday night.
The Vancouver Canucks will try to build on back-to-back road wins after a 4-3 overtime win over Montreal in their last outing. Montreal jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of goals 1:24 apart before Bo Horvat finally got Vancouver on the board with just over four minutes to go in the opening period. Alex Edler scored at nearly the same point of the 2nd period to tie the game up at two goals apiece, but Montreal would re-take te lead in the opening minute of the 3rd period. Jake Virtanen would tie the game at three for Vancouver just under six minutes into the 3rd period, but neither side would be able to break the tie the rest of the way in regulation, so it was off to overtime where Tyler Toffoli scored the game-winner just 1:35 into the extra period. Thatcher Demko got the win to improve to 11-6-2 on the year after stopping 37 of 40 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Ottawa Senators will try to snap a four-game losing streak after a 3-2 loss to Nashville last time out. Thomas Chabot opened the scoring for Ottawa just over four minutes into the game, but Nashville would tie the game up at one goal apiece just :20 later before Filip Chlapik restored Ottawa’s lead just before the end of the opening period. Nashville tied the game at two just over five minutes into the 2nd and took the lead just before the midway point of the middle period, but despite their best effort, Ottawa wouldn’t be able to find an equalizing goal as Nashville held on for the victory, sending Ottawa spiralling to yet another defeat. Craig Anderson got the loss, falling to 9-15-2 on the year after allowing all 3 goals on 33 shots faced in the losing effort.
Vancouver is 13-4 in their last 17 games following a win and 13-5 in their last 18 games against the Atlantic division while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Ottawa is 4-13 in their last 17 home games and 13-38 in their last 51 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games overall. Vancouver is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
This feels like a hefty price to lay with a team on the road, especially a young team like Vancouver. However, Ottawa remains unbackable, as the losses keep piling up and there doesn’t really appear to be any end in sight after trading away some key pieces at the trade deadline like Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Vancouver’s just playing way better hockey and are the only team playing for something more than pride at this point in the year. I’ll side with Vancouver to get the job done here in regulation to get a more favorable price on the Canucks in this one.