Ottawa Senators (43-27-13) at Montreal Canadiens (51-22-10)
|Date & Time||Friday April 17, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -135 / Ottawa Senators +122 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Senators look to even the series and head back to Ottawa with home ice while the Canadiens look to keep rolling with another win at the Bell Centre.
The Ottawa Senators had their momentum snuffed out in a game one loss to the Canadiens in Montreal on Wednesday night but they certainly had their chances and will very much be in the hunt to grab their first win of the series tonight. The series opener was loaded with offense and controversy as Sens forward Mark Stone was hacked by a slash from Habs d-man PK Subban which led to a five minute penalty and a game suspension and while it has been announced that Subban will not face supplemental discipline you can be sure this will take focus for the rest of the series. The Sens will likely get Stone back in the lineup after it was learned he has a microfracture in his wrist but he will likely play through it and if Ottawa is to get back in this series they'll need their rookie sensation.
The Canadiens were able to build around the ejection of Subban and actually netted a short handed goal on the five minute penalty kill and scored four times in the second period to emerge victorious. While it wasn't the fault of Carey Price who actually had to make a number of big time stops in the win it is unusual that this Canadiens team gives up three goals on home ice and you can bet they'll want to play a tighter game defensively, as will the Senators who didn't give Andrew Hammond a lot to work with. The series opener was an anomaly as the score sheet was packed but I think we get back to what many people expected coming in and that is for the goaltenders to take over and as such I think we see a much tighter game in terms of defensive style and we should see the under in this one.