Ottawa Senators (27-23-11) at Edmonton Oilers (20-34-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 4, 2014, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +100 / Ottawa Senators -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Senators look to continue their winning streak in Edmonton on Tuesday while the Oilers look to get anything going and avoid slipping into the league basement.
The Senators have been among the worst defensive teams in the league in the last two weeks as they were giving out goals as presents to their opponents but they responded nicely in the Heritage Classic on Sunday as they outworked the Vancouver Canucks and won 4-2. Ottawa is a team that has been defying the odds for the last two seasons as injuries and departures have riddled the team yet they somehow continue to stay relevant and in the playoff picture. While this season has been a bit different and the trade rumors surrounding the team continue to whirl once again the Sens have to focus and realize they are within striking distance of making the postseason where last year they swept the conferences second seeded Canadiens in four games. Craig Anderson is likely to start once again as he goes up against Ben Scrivens who just signed a two year contract with the Oilers.
Edmonton continues to be one of the game’s biggest disappointments and it isn’t even so much as the fact they haven’t made the playoffs since 2006 it is that their rebuild and collection of top end draft picks hasn’t amounted to any progress. Edmonton looked as though they were making strides last season but still landed the 7th overall draft pick in which they selected blue liner Darnell Nurse who could land with the club next year but they are still a ways away from reclaiming the title of City of Champions. The Oilers are just four points up on the Sabres for the league’s worst mark and it is no secret that Edmonton is targeting Aaron Ekblad in the NHL draft as he is an NHL-ready talent that would give the Oilers a much needed boost on the blue line. While I like the series between these two teams it always seems as though the visitor gets the best of the hosts and this year is no different as Edmonton skated into Ottawa and left with a victory and I think the favour gets returned here at a more than reasonable price. Ottawa will be auditioning its players while the Oilers look as though they’re settling in for another disappointing campaign that has them all but eliminated from postseason contention.