Montreal Canadiens (13-10-5) at Ottawa Senators (12-13-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 6, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -110 / Montreal Canadiens -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens look for a feel good victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Domi leads Montreal with 13 goals, Jeff Petry has 15 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 63 goals on 626 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 26 goals on 243 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.
The Ottawa Senators could also use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 13 goals, Thomas Chabot has 24 assists and Matt Duchene has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 4.1 goals per game and are killing 70.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 86 goals on 894 shots faced and Mike McKenna has allowed 15 goals on 124 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Canadiens are 17-38 in their last 55 vs. Eastern Conference, 15-37 in their last 52 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 16-35 in their last 51 vs. a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 39-18-2 in Senators last 59 overall. The over is 12-5-1 in Canadiens last 18 vs. Eastern Conference.
Neither of these teams are playing great hockey at the moment, but the Senators are probably in slightly better form and have had their most recent success on their home ice. The Montreal Canadiens have been fade material on the road for a while now dating back to last season. The home team has also won seven of the last eight meetings between the Canadiens and Senators. I'll back Ottawa and the cheap price in this near toss-up.