Ottawa Senators (4-5-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (6-2-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 29, 2013, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -191 / Ottawa Senators +173 --- Over/Under: 5
The Ottawa Senators look to shake off a tough home loss to the San Jose Sharks when they travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks who are playing in a back to back.
The Senators have always been known to be a pesky team to play against especially at home but it was the Sharks who were the tough team to play against on Sunday as they made a statement against Ottawa at the Scotiabank Place. Ottawa surely has their effort still on their mind but they head to the United Centre to take on a Blackhawks team who wallpapered the Minnesota Wild last night and are starting to build momentum. Craig Anderson was the team’s saving grace last year as he led by example in the crease and single handily pushed the Sens into the playoffs and was a large contributor to their first round upset of the Canadiens. If Ottawa wants to get back to the playoffs this season they’ll need to do a better job limiting the amount of action Anderson sees and come up with some consistent scoring options up front.
Chicago has won seven of their first 12 games and have points in nine of them putting them near the top of the league standings – a place we have grown accustomed to seeing Chicago over the last few seasons. The Hawks are the reigning Stanley Cup champions and have no ill effects of a Stanley Cup hangover that so many teams have endured in season’s past. The Hawks return home afte ra very convincing win last night and are likely to go with Corey Crawford here as he matches up against Anderson. While the Senators are a popular team to win in spots like this because of their goaltending and streaky mentality I think they’re a little overrated this season and the loss of Daniel Alfredsson was huge. I’ll take my chances laying the juice with the Hawks as I think they wax the Sens here much like the Sharks did on Sunday.