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Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators - 4/17/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ottawa Senators (43-26-13) at Montreal Canadiens (50-22-10)
Date & Time Friday April 17, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -135 / Ottawa Senators +122 --- Over/Under: 5
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NHL | Ottawa Senators (43-26-13) at Montreal Canadiens (50-22-10)

The Montreal Canadiens shoot for another win at home versus the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

The Ottawa Senators put up a strong fight on enemy ice but couldn’t close the deal in a 4-3 defeat at Montreal in game one of their series. The Senators played well offensively but struggled to stop the Canadiens. The Sens drew first blood in the first when Habs defenseman Andrei Markov tipped the puck in to his own net with Milan Michalik getting credit for the goal. Kyle Turris scored with the man advantage with Mika Zibanejad also scoring on the power play. Andrew Hammond struggled in the second with all four goals allowed on 39 shots to absorb the loss.

The Montreal Canadiens survived a monster performance from the visiting Ottawa Senators to squeeze out a 4-3 win for a 1-0 series lead. The impressive part of the Canadiens win was they did it without leading scorer Max Pacioretty who is still out with an ‘upper body’ injury. The Habs scored four times in the second with Brian Flynn, Tomas Plekanec, Torrey Mitchell and Lars Eller finding the back of the net while Flynn, PK Subban and Patrick Wiercioch logged a pair of assists each as neither team seemed capable of slowing the other. Carey Price emerged with the win with 30 stops with neither team scoring in the final 20 minutes. 

The  Senators are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 while the under is 7-2-2 in Senators last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 with the Senators going  6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 4-0-1 in Canadiens last 5 home games and  6-0-1 in Canadiens last 7 vs. a team with a winning record while the  Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games. Head to head the over is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings in Montreal and  7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings while the home team is 16-6 in the last 22 meetings. No line is out with goalies and injuries a question so please check back….

Ottawa +122 (assuming Stone plays) // check back for updates

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