Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/1/21

Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/1/21 Photo by Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (15-8-9) at Ottawa Senators (12-20-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators +170 / Montreal Canadiens -208 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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

The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 18 goals, Jonathan Douin has 19 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 55 goals on 584 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 26 goals on 324 shots.

The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brady Tkachuk leads Ottawa with 11 goals, Thomas Chabot has 17 assists and Drake Batherson has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has allowed 73 goals on 608 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 31 goals on 220 shots.

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The Canadiens are 2-8 in their last 10 road games and 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 21-48 in their last 69 overall. The under is 31-15-2 in Canadiens last 48 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 5-0 in Senators last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 14-6 in the last 20 meetings.

The Ottawa Senators aren't a team you want to make a habit of backing, but they have provided value here and there in the underdog role and they've actually been less painful on the pocket than the Canadiens. The Montreal Canadiens continue to get respect from oddsmakers, but they have yet to string wins together, they don't win on the road and they've lost three of the five meetings this season against the Senators. Give me the big plus money.

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Randy’s Pick Ottawa Senators +170

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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