Colorado Avalanche (17-41-3) at Ottawa Senators (33-22-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 2, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -250 / Colorado Avalanche +222 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ottawa Senators continue their pursuit of top spot in the Atlantic division as they host the lowly Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.
The Avs continue their dismal season on the road against a hungry Senators team on Thursday night and they will have all weapons at their disposal after the trade deadline came and left without Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog switching uniforms. Colorado came into the year projected to do some damage in the Western Conference but instead they look poised to lock up the worst record and the league and as such they should land the top overall draft pick in the offseason where they could propel their rebuild forward with a new cornerstone piece. Colorado is expected to send Calvin Pickard to the crease as he will face off against Craig Anderson who is having a fantastic stretch since returning from his extended absence from the Senators.
The Senators meanwhile have quietly pieced together a very strong season and have a very good shot at taking top spot in the Atlantic division as their surge combined with the tailspin the Canadiens has them knocking on the door. Ottawa made a few moves at the trade deadline but didn’t get the forward help that many expected them to so they will have to make due with the group they have and with guys getting healthy at the right time they will be a tough out the rest of the season. Ottawa needs to avoid a let down here though as the Avs have nothing to lose and should be very loose on the ice whereas the Sens will feel the heat from their home fans and know they need points in these winnable games.
The Avalanche are 1-10 in their last 11 Thursday games and 2-7 in their last nine against the Eastern Conference while the Sens are 5-1 in their last six Thursday games but 1-4 in their last five on two day’s rest. Ottawa needs a win here and while I think it could be closer than the line indicates they get it done at home.