Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/1/21

Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/1/21 Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (19-27-4) at Montreal Canadiens (22-18-9)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens -214 / Ottawa Senators +186 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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

The Ottawa Senators look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor Brown leads Ottawa with 17 goals, Thomas Chabot has 25 assists and Brady Tkachuk has 201 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has allowed 79 goals on 738 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 40 goals on 322 shots.

The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing 10 of their last 16 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 25 goals, Jeff Petry has 23 assists and Josh Anderson has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 65 goals on 659 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 58 goals on 651 shots.

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The Senators are 16-36 in their last 52 games playing on 2 days rest and 19-58 in their last 77 road games. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-1-3 in Senators last 8 overall. The under is 7-3-1 in Canadiens last 11 overall. The Senators are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in Montreal and 7-15 in the last 22 meetings. The road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Ottawa Senators are playing some of their best hockey of the season right now with wins in five of their last six games, and they've won five of the eight meetings this season against the Habs. The Montreal Canadiens have gotten respect from oddsmakers all season long, but they just don't win consistently enough to deserve these sort of prices, and I have even less interest with them on the end of back to backs. If you're not afraid to take a shot in the dark or go for the value, the Senators and the big plus money has some bark to it.

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Randy’s Pick Ottawa Senators +186

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

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