Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/4/21

Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/4/21 Photo by Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (1-8-1) at Montreal Canadiens (7-1-2)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens -225 / Ottawa Senators +188 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.

The Ottawa Senators need a win to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Tierney leads Ottawa with three goals, Nikita Zaitsev has five assists and Brady Tkachuk has 46 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 4.9 goals per game and are killing 68.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has allowed 28 goals on 186 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 19 goals on 122 shots.

The Montreal Canadiens look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 4.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with nine goals, Jeff Petry has eight assists and Brendan Gallagher has 40 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 17 goals on 176 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up eight goals on 114 shots.

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The Senators are 10-43 in their last 53 road games and 15-43 in their last 58 overall. The Canadiens are 6-2 in their last 8 Thursday games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The under is 6-2 in Senators last 8 Thursday games. The over is 5-1-1 in Canadiens last 7 overall. The Senators are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Montreal and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Ottawa Senators remain unbackable, as the offense struggles most nights and the goaltenders have been absolutely horrible. The Montreal Canadiens are not only one of the hotter teams in the league and highly explosive offensively, but they've also won six of the last seven meetings against the Senators. I want nothing to do with the Senators right now and that may be the case all season. I'll lay the PL with the Habs.

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Randy’s Pick Montreal Canadiens -1.5

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