Ottawa Senators (14-26-4) at Montreal Canadiens (19-13-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -285 / Ottawa Senators +243 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Saturday afternoon.
The Ottawa Senators will look to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in their last matchup. Thomas Chabot leads the Senators with 28 points including a team-high 23 assists while Brady Tkachuk has 26 points with a team-high 14 goals and 180 shots on goal and Connor Brown, Josh Norris and Drake Batherson all have 25 points with double-digit goal and assist tallies this season. As a team, Ottawa is averaging 2.7 goals on 31.2 shots with a 15.8% success rate on the power play while allowing 3.7 goals on 32.6 shots with a 76.3% kill rate on the PK this season.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to build on their narrow 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday. Tyler Toffoli leads the Habs in scoring with 32 points including a team-high 21 goals while Jeff Petry has 30 points with 11 goals and 19 assists. Yomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki each have 27 points while Jonathan Drouin has a team-high 21 assists and Josh Anderson has 15 goals as well for Montreal this season. As a team, Montreal is averaging 3.1 goals on 32.8 shots with a 20.2% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.8 goals on 28.3 shots against with a 76.9% success rate on the penalty kill this year.
Ottawa is 12-44 in their last 56 road games and 13-32 in their last 45 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Montreal is 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on no rest and 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. The under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
I’m not trying to get behind either one of these teams if we’re being honest. However, anyone who has followed me is going to say I sound like a broken record, but the Montreal Canadiens do not deserve the constant respect they get from oddsmakers despite a win over Calgary on Friday. You’ve burned a hole in your pocket just blindly backing Montreal over the last couple of months, and that includes against Ottawa as the Sens have won 4 of the 7 meetings against Montreal this season. Again, it’s far from ideal, but there’s some value with Ottawa and the plus money here.