Detroit Red Wings (6-2-3) at Ottawa Senators (5-3-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 4, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -118 / Detroit Red Wings +107 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Senators look to shake off a loss in their last outing as they host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Red Wings will look to keep pace in the Atlantic division with a road victory in Ottawa on Tuesday night but they'll have to contend with an Ottawa team that has earned at least a point in all four of their home games this season and are always a tough out on home ice. Detroit is an interesting team this season as they have the majority of their core from year's past out the door but the likes of Pavel Dastyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are still around and are leading a new group of players that will be leaned on to keep up their longstanding tradition of success and playoff hockey. Jimmy Howard is emerging as a solid option between the pipes for the Wings and for a team that has rarely needed a top end goalie in order to find success this could be the year where Howard puts up a Vezina type season and single handedly carries the Wings into the postseason. They will be leaning on Howard in this one as he will go up against either Robin Lehner or Craig Anderson.
The Senators will look to upend the WIngs in Ottawa and whether it is uncertain as to whether or not Daniel Alfredsson will play or not you can bet that the Sens would love to get a win here against their former captain's new team. Ottawa is always a tough team to figure out as they seem to play to the level of their opponent and in the end they float around the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference which is somewhere we can expect to find them again this season. The Sens always seem to play well on home ice against teams that aren't from Toronto or Montreal but the Red Wings are by no means a push over and have actually played very well this season. While it is never a great idea betting against Ottawa on home ice I think Detroit is the play here and that's where I'd suggest leaning.