Ottawa Senators (43-26-13) at Montreal Canadiens (50-22-10)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 15, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -128 / Ottawa Senators +116 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Senators and Canadiens meet up in Montreal for Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter final series at the Bell Centre.
The Ottawa Senators capped off their remarkable second half of the regular season by qualifying for the playoffs and now they have a shot at replicating what they did two years ago and that is earning a series victory against the Canadiens. Ottawa has ridden the play of Andrew Hammond between the pipes and he will have to be on point as he faces off against Carey Price at the other end in what should be a very defensive oriented series and we get our first taste of it on Wednesday. Ottawa has some special players in the form of Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson, and rookie of the year candidate Mark Stone and they will have to use their depth in order to counter the team speed of the Canadiens who are looking to advance to their second straight Conference finals.
The Canadiens won the Atlantic division on the final day of the regular season and have Price to thank for a large part of their success this season and many people are projecting a first round upset here as the perception is that Montreal is overrated and are a product of Price's goaltending. Montreal does have some great players as well but forward Max Pacioretty is banged up and their secondary scoring can disappear at times and if Hammond is playing well like he has during the regular season this could very well be an upset in the making. However, the Bell Centre is very tough to win games in let alone playoff games and you can be sure that Montreal has fresh memories of their melt down two years ago and that they'll be out for redemption. I do think Ottawa can split the first two games but it'll have to come in game two where we are likely to get way better odds.