Ottawa Senators (7-4-3) at Vancouver Canucks (11-5-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 11, 2014, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -147 / Ottawa Senators +134 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Canucks look to keep their strong start intact as they host the Senators in Vancouver on Tuesday while the road side will look to shake off a loss on Sunday to the Maple Leafs.
The Senators have gotten off to a pretty impressive start to the season as they are 7-4-3 through their first 14 contests and are right in the thick of things in the Atlantic division and should remain in playoff contention most of the season. Ottawa has undergone a face lift in each of the last two seasons as they lost Daniel Alfredsson two years ago and now Jason Spezza this year leaving them in a bit of a transition phase but at the same time they are excited for a new chapter and certainly have some talented players to provide the face of the new era of Senators hockey. Bobby Ryan will handle much of the offensive burden and Erik Karlsson is the team's new captain and defensive leader all of who are playing in front of the tandem of Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner with the latter likely taking over as the full time start by next season. Ottawa will turn to Anderson tonight though and he has been brilliant so far this season and he will have to be once again in this one as they take on Ryan Miller and the Canucks.
Vancouver returns home after a successful road trip in California and with a victory they can take over top spot in the Pacific division and could very well hold the league's best record with 24 points. Vancouver is playing very well at the moment and are a far cry from last season's disaster and with the way things are going at the moment they should be back in the playoffs and could very well make a deep run at it. The Canucks and Ryan Miller have benefited mutually from the agreement made in the offseason as the team gets their number one goalie spot figured out while the former Sabres and Blues net minder finds a team that wants him and puts him in a position for both personal and team success. However, you have to be a bit weary of the first game back after a successful road trip and while the Canucks are a team that shouldn't succumb to a let down spot I don't think they should be favoured this heavily either. In any event I think this game stays under the number as both goalies have been playing well and I think they make the difference here in the end.