Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens - 1/11/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators
Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Canadian Tire Centre)
OTT +125, O/U 6.5
The Montreal Canadiens head to Ottawa, ON on Saturday for a game against the Senators in a matchup of two teams in the Atlantic Division. In their last game, the Canadiens were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers by the score of 4-2. The Canadiens received goals from Phillip Danault and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, but it wasn’t enough to come out on top against the Oilers. Montreal goalie Carey Price took the loss in net as he allowed 3 goals on 25 Edmonton shots in the game.
After the loss against Edmonton, Montreal is 18-20-7 which puts them in a 6th place in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens are led in points by Tomas Tatar as he has recorded 38 points on the season. Tatar also leads Montreal in goals this season with 16. Tatar is also the assists leader for the Canadiens as he has recorded 22 on the year. Goalie Carey Price is currently 16-16-4, with 1 shutout on the season and has a goals against average of 3.01. The Canadiens other goalie is Charlie Lindgren who has a record of 0-2-0 with a goals against average of 3.09. Montreal enters their game against Ottawa with 2 players listed on their injury report as Brendan Gallagher is on injured reserve while Ben Chiarot is listed as out.
The Ottawa Senators welcome the Montreal Canadiens to town on Saturday but first must play the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night. In their last game, Ottawa was defeated by the Washington Capitals by the score of 6-1. The Senators received their lone goal at 5:40 of the 1st period from Artem Anisimov with an assist from Rudolfs Balcers. Both of the Senators goalies saw action in the game as Craig Anderson allowed 5 goals on 30 shots, while Marcus Hogberg allowed 1 goals on 11 shots.
With the loss against Washington, Ottawa is 16-22-5, for a total of 37 points which puts them in 7th place in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa has been led in points and goals by Anthony Duclair, who has 32 points and 21 goals on the season. Thomas Chabot leads the Senators in assists with 21, with 7 coming while on the power play. Goalie Marcus Hogberg has a record of 1-2-2 and currently has a goals against average of 3.42. Craig Anderson has a record of 6-11-1 with a goals against average of 3.27. Ottawa comes into Friday’s game 5 players listed on their injury report as Dylan DeMelo and Ron Hainsey are on injured reserve, Anthony Duclair is day to day, while Nikita Zaitsev and Nick Paul are listed as out.
The Montreal Canadiens have scored an average of 3.09 goals per game this year while allowing 3.24 goals per game. As of Friday, the Ottawa Senators have scored 2.74 goals per game while allowing 3.42 goals per game. Both teams are 0-5 in their last 5 games. The season series between these two teams is currently tied at one a piece as Ottawa won the first matchup 2-1 in overtime while Montreal won the second by the score of 3-2 in overtime, with both games being played in Montreal. In the last 3 meetings between these two teams, Montreal is 2-0-1 and has won by the average score of 3-2. I will be going with the Canadiens to break their losing streak in this one as I believe they are the better team than the Senators and it shows in terms of goals per game and goals allowed. Montreal wins this one 3-2.