Chicago Blackhawks (20-15-6) at Ottawa Senators (14-17-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 9, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -111 / Chicago Blackhawks +101 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Ottawa Senators look to snap out of their ugly losing ways as they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to town on Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks head into Ottawa on Tuesday looking to break out of a road funk that has them on the losing end of seven of their last 10 away from home and luckily for them they have the Sens on their calendar tonight which should give them reason to smile as Ottawa has been woeful this season and has just six wins in their last 24 games. Chicago has been up and down to start the season but they have been streaky and have beaten the Sens in 10 of their last 14 meetings which should give them confidence as a road team here even if it means having to turn to Anton Forsberg in the crease. Forsberg is expected to match up against Craig Anderson who has had struggles of his own this season and he will have to be sharp if he and the Sens are going to fend off Chicago’s potent offense.
The Senators are considered by many to be this season’s biggest disappointment as they have gone from being within a goal of the Stanley Cup final last season to one of the league’s worst this season and with mostly the same personnel it doesn’t make a ton of sense. Ottawa comes into tonight’s game with a dismal 5-18 record against a team with a losing road record but they have won five of their last seven games on home ice and with many pieces on the hot seat in the Canadian capital they could start to play some very desperate hockey in a hurry.
The Blackhawks are 42-20 in their last 62 against the Atlantic and have a 10-4 mark in their last 14 against Ottawa while the Sens are winless in their last four Tuesday games and 1-6 in their last seven against the Western Conference. Chicago is a slight favourite here and I think they get it done at a decent price against a Sens team that is lost right now.