Chicago Blackhawks (44-20-5) at Ottawa Senators (39-22-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 16, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +109 / Chicago Blackhawks -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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Two of the league’s hottest teams meet up in the Canadian capital on Thursday as the Ottawa Senators host the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks head into Ottawa on Thursday night looking to extend their impressive road winning streak as they are 9-1 in their last 10 road games and are looking like a Cup threat once again as they have the fire power and experience to match up against anyone in the league. Chicago is in tough here though as they face off against an Ottawa side that has defied logic and played their way into the race for top spot in the Atlantic division and are also looking like a threat to go on a run in the Eastern Conference as they have great goaltending, a serviceable blue line, and deep forward group that received a boost from veteran Alex Burrows. The Hawks are expected to send Corey Crawford to the crease here as he will face off against Craig Anderson who will likely be back in the crease after giving way to Mike Condon in the team’s last game.
The Senators meanwhile head into action on Thursday night coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and things don’t get any easier as they face off against perhaps the bets team in the Western Conference and one of a few teams considered to be a favourite to win the Stanley Cup. Ottawa has gone through a lot this season but they have weathered the storm in every sign of adversity and look like a group that can emerge out of the Atlantic division bracket as there is no clear cut favourite in a group that includes the Canadiens, Bruins, and the fading Maple Leafs and Panthers. Ottawa is a slight underdog in this spot but they should be given a fair shake as this should be a very close contest that could see them once again play to overtime.
The Hawks are 8-2 in their last 10 Thursday games and 36-15 in their last 51 against the Atlantic while the Sens are 4-1 in their last five against the Central and 6-1 in their last seven overall. This is going to be a great game between two playoff bound teams but in terms of playing the side I am staying clear and attacking the side as this one figures to be a low scoring affair.