Vancouver Canucks (19-19-4) at Ottawa Senators (15-21-4)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +113 / Vancouver Canucks -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Vancouver Canucks look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 19 goals, Nikolay Goldobin has 18 assists and Bo Horvat has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 82 goals on 909 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 37 goals on 353 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed two or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Ottawa Senators could use a rebound victory here that would snap a five-game losing streak. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 18 goals, Thomas Chabot has 28 assists and Matt Duchene has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing four goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 104 goals on 1,095 shots faced and Mike McKenna has allowed 30 goals on 292 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in each of their last seven games.
The Canucks are 17-36 in their last 53 road games, 5-13 in their last 18 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-9 in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference. The Senators are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference, 3-8 in their last 11 Wednesday games and 17-35 in their last 52 overall. The Canucks are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 33-15-3 in Senators last 51 overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Canucks last 5 overall.
The Vancouver Canucks still aren't a team I'm looking to back on the road and there's a lot of trends that suggest fading them in a spot like this. The problem is the Ottawa Senators have lost five straight and have been outscored 10-24 during that stretch. It's tough to make a strong case for the Senators in their current form, even if they're a home dog. I'll lay the rather cheap price with the Canucks.