Senators Looking To Skate Past the Canadiens
NHL betting is really starting to heat up as teams are now in the second half of their season based on games played. The Ottawa Senators face the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Montreal comes in having lost three of its last five games, and the Habs are starting to trend in the wrong direction. The Canadiens are 20-25-4, and they have work to do if they want to reach the postseason.
Ottawa has also gone just 2-3 in its last five games, but the Sens did just pick up a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. The Senators come into this matchup with a record of 22-23-3, and they have to find a way to play better on their home rink.
The NHL betting lines for this game have the Ottawa Senators as the moneyline betting favorites at -220 over the Montreal Canadiens.
Let’s check the latest NHL news, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Canadiens vs Senators. We’ve got plenty of NHL picks for you to consider.
Canadiens Struggling to Compete
Not only have things not been going well for the Montreal Canadiens of late, but they are also now without leading goal-scorer Cole Caufield. The young star chose to have surgery and end his season, and described his decision by saying, “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”
Even with Caufield, the Canadiens were scoring just 2.57 goals per game. Montreal is also allowing nearly 3.7 goals per game, and the Habs haven’t been able to be super competitive in most games.
Montreal is going to have to control the pace and tempo in this game if they want any chance of coming away with a victory.
Senators Looking To Score
The Ottawa Senators have not been a great team, but they are capable of having a big offensive night. Ottawa is scoring 2.85 goals per game, and they are scoring on the power play nearly 27% of the time.
Brady Tkachuk leads with 30 assists and 49 points, but he is going to need some help as the season moves along. Ottawa can take control of this game on offense, but it will take a total team effort.
Goaltender Cam Talbot has gone 12-13-1 in net. He is allowing 2.90 goals per game.
Canadiens vs Senators Game Injuries
Canadiens vs Senators Head-to-Head
If you are going to make a wager on this game, then looking at past scores and odds in this head-to-head series can help. These teams have met one other time this season, and it was a 4-3 win for the Ottawa Senators.
Canadiens vs Senators Game Information
- Game: Canadiens (20-25-4) vs Senators (22-23-3)
- Location: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
- Day/Time: Saturday, January 28, 7 p.m. ET
- Canadiens vs Senators Live Stream: NHL.TV
Canadiens vs Senators Betting Lines
Canadiens vs Senators Picks & Prediction
There isn’t a ton of separation between these teams, but the Senators do have a big advantage of playing on their home ice. Since both teams have been struggling, trying to find any possible advantage can help with making a pick.
The Canadiens aren’t scoring enough goals to keep pace, and the Senators are eventually going to break through for a win. It’s going to come down to the third period, but it will be the home team that takes care of the business.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and bet on the Montreal Canadiens to cover the 1½ goal puck line at -130, but it will be the Ottawa Senators to win this game (-220).
The Montreal Canadiens are listed at +185 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Canadiens, you have a chance to win $185. The Ottawa Senators are -225, offering a chance to win $44.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines give the Canadiens a 35.09% chance to win, with the Senators at 69.23%.