Ottawa Senators (8-16-1) at Calgary Flames (10-11-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Scotiabank Saddledome)
The Line: Calgary Flames -200 / Ottawa Senators +165 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Ottawa Senators look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brady Tkachuk leads Ottawa with nine goals, Thomas Chabot has 12 assists and Drake Batherson has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 73.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has allowed 59 goals on 527 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 31 goals on 220 shots.
The Calgary Flames need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Calgary Flames are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Calgary with nine goals, Elias Lindholm has 13 assists and Matthew Tkachuk has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Calgary Flames are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has allowed 41 goals on 452 shots faced and David Rittich has allowed 24 goals on 249 shots.
The Senators are 14-51 in their last 65 road games and 17-41 in their last 58 overall. The Flames are 1-6 in their last 7 Thursday games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Senators last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Flames last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Senators are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings in Calgary.
The Calgary Flames are the better team on paper and should be favored at home, but they've struggled as of late and aren't playing as well as the Senators right now. People keep waiting for the Ottawa Senators to come back to earth, but meanwhile they continue to cash some nice underdog tickets and are quietly providing some value on the betting market. The Senators also just beat the Flames 5-1 a couple of days ago. I'll take another shot in the dark and side with the Senators and the big plus money.