Canadiens Looking to Snap Skid Against Senators
The rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators is always entertaining regardless of where the teams are in the standings. Both teams have really struggled as the end of the regular season is near.
Montreal comes into this game with just 51 points, and it is one of the worst teams in the NHL. The Canadiens have lost seven straight games, and most losses have been blowouts.
Ottawa has actually gone 3-2 in its last five games and is trying to finish strong. The Senators 67 points, but they are heading in the right direction.
The NHL betting lines for this game have the Ottawa Senators as the moneyline betting favorites at -150 over the Montreal Canadiens.
Canadiens a Mess on Defense
Even though the Canadiens continue to lose games at an alarming rate, interim coach Martin St. Louis has been happy with his team’s effort. St. Louis recently said, “I know we don’t have the results, but the guys come in at practice, they’re engaged in meetings, and we’d like a win to help with that engagement.”
Practice might be going well for the Canadiens, but they have been an absolute mess on the ice during games. Montreal is allowing nearly 3.9 goals per game, and it hasn’t been competitive on that end of the ice.
Center Nick Suzuki continues to be the lone bright spot as he is putting up some solid offensive numbers. Suzuki leads the team with 20 goals and 38 assists, but he could use some help.
Senators Scoring Some Goals
The Ottawa Senators are averaging just 2.7 goals per game, but they have started to rack up the goals of late. Ottawa converts on the power play nearly 20% of the time, which could help them out in this matchup.
Brady Tkachuk leads the team with 61 points, and he does a little bit of everything for the Senators. Ottawa will be looking for holes in the Canadiens’ defense, and it won’t be hard to find them.
Anton Forsberg has gone 19-17-4 in net for the Senators, and he is good enough to put up a low number in this game. The Senators are playing well of late, and they will look to put on a show on home ice.
Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Head-to-Head
The Canadiens and Senators are familiar with each other as this will be the fourth meeting since the end of February. Even though Ottawa has been the better team overall, Montreal has actually won two of the first three meetings.
This will actually be the 14th meeting between the two rivals since the beginning of 2021. Ottawa holds a slight edge over Montreal as they have won seven of the first 13 games.
Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Game Information
- Game: Montreal Canadiens (20-47-11) at Ottawa Senators (30-41-7)
- Location: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
- Day/Time: Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: NHL TV
Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Betting Lines
Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Prediction
Fans of each team won’t enjoy looking at the scores and odds that have been posted for the Canadiens and Senators all season long. Both franchises have had success, but that just hasn’t been the case in 2021-22.
Montreal appears to have given up and it has had a number of non-competitive losses of late. Ottawa has won two straight games, and that momentum should give them a slight edge in this one.
Even though both teams have struggled all season long, Ottawa is much better overall, and they easily win this game. Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Ottawa Senators -1 ½ over the Montreal Canadiens.