Montreal Canadiens (26-12-3) at Ottawa Senators (17-17-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 15, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators / Montreal Canadiens --- Over/Under:
The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators play Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens have split their last four games and end a short two-game road trip. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won nine straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 20 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 16 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 117 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last seven games. Dustin Tokarski has allowed 17 goals on 224 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 76 goals on 1,041 shots.
The Ottawa Senators have lost four of their last five games and play their second home game of the month. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators have scored four power play goals in their last two games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 15 goals, Bobby Ryan has 18 assists and Clarke MacArthur has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Craig Anderson has allowed 63 goals on 870 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 50 goals on 500 shots.
The Canadiens are 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest and 36-16 in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference. The Senators are 4-13 in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8 in their last 11 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Ottawa and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
Even with Montreal coming off a back-to-back, they should have little trouble winning this game. The Canadiens have beaten up the Senators as of late and are head and shoulders a better team this season.