Detroit Red Wings (18-8-9) at Ottawa Senators (14-14-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +110 / Detroit Red Wings -130 --- Over/Under: 5
The Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators play Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Detroit Red Wings have lost six of their last seven games and begin a short two-game road trip. The Red Wings are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Detroit Red Wings have five power play goals in their last two games and have won four straight games when scoring at least three goals. Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist have combined for 28 goals, Henrik Zetterberg has 23 assists and Riley Sheahan has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Red Wings are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Jimmy Howard has allowed 53 goals on 674 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has given up 16 goals on 193 shots.
The Ottawa Senators have split their last eight games and play their first home contest in eight days. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators have two power play goals in their last five games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 10 goals, Kyle Turris has 16 assists and Erik Karlsson has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last seven games. Craig Anderson has allowed 51 goals on 719 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 39 goals on 429 shots.
The Red Wings are 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Senators are 2-10 in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference and 10-4 in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Red Wings are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Detroit Red Wings have to get something going if they hope to make playoffs this season. There's better time to get back in the win column than beating an Ottawa team that they've owned as of late. The Red Wings and the cheap price is the play here.