- Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction
Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Puck Line Prediction
The Montreal Canadiens have had a weird schedule as they had a week off and then played back to back Saturday against the Maple Leafs and Sunday against the Ottawa Senators, which they lost in overtime. Now they face the Senators again on Tuesday night, this time in Ottawa, and the Canadiens have been road warriors this year with a 6-0-3 record away from Montreal. Carey Price will be between the pipes and he needed the time off to find his game as his goals against average is at 2.87 which is well above his career average. Montreal can score, they are top ten in the league with an average of 3.35 goals per game and signing Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli have turned out to be great moves. Andersen has nine goals on the year and Toffoli leads the team with 11, including two goals in his last three games. With the right mix of Price shutting down the young Sens and the Canadiens being well rested up front this could turn into a blowout.
Ottawa has lost two of their last three games and have a brutal home record of 2-5-1, and on top of that they have the highest goals against average at four per game. Thomas Chabot will miss another game with an upper body injury which leaves their defensive core thin as Nikita Zaitsev is minus five, Mike Reilly is minus nine and Erik Gudbranson is minus 14 this season. It will be tough for the Senators to pull off back to back wins against the Canadiens, who need to find their way back to the top of the North Division.
Take the Canadiens -1.5.
Game Totals Prediction
Not only do the Senators have the highest goals against average but they are in the top ten of shots against per game at 31.1. Matt Murray will get the start for the Senators and he is having a rough season with a 3.66 goals against average and a .883 save percentage both in the bottom five in the league amongst starting goaltenders. Montreal has shown they can score this year with Brendon Gallagher recording three points in his last three games and Jeff Petry sitting second in the league amongst defensemen with 16 points. They are not afraid to shoot the puck as they lead the league with 33.9 shots per game and will be looking to make up for their loss to the Sens on Sunday night. These two teams will trade goals till the Canadiens pull away and it will be over the total number with good odds.
Take the Over.