Avalanche Looking to Skate Past the Senators
Now that the calendar has flipped to January, NHL teams are going to start to focus more on where they stand in the playoff race. The Colorado Avalanche host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night and this is a huge game for both teams.
Defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado lost for the seventh time in eight games with a 3-2 setback in Chicago on Thursday night.
Ottawa comes into this game with an overall record of 19-19-3 and picked up a win over Arizona in its most recent game. The Senators still have time to go on a big run, but they have been too inconsistent.
The NHL betting lines for this game will have the Colorado Avalanche as the moneyline betting favorites in this game.
Let’s check the latest NHL odds, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Senators vs Avalanche. We’ve plenty of NHL betting odds for you to consider.
Senators Great on Special Teams
The Ottawa Senators do have some flaws, but they are one of the best teams in the NHL when it comes to special teams. Ottawa is scoring on the power play over 27 percent of the time and is also killing off 82 percent of its penalties.
Brady Tkachuk is having a big season for the Ottawa Senators as he leads the team with 26 assists and 41 points. Ottawa wants to try and win games on offense, but that’s not easy to do against the Avalanche.
The Senators are giving up nearly 3.2 goals against per game, and they just haven’t been able to find a way to get stops when both teams are at even strength. It’s going to take a complete effort to beat the Avalanche in Colorado.
Avalanche Not Finding Offense
After a recent win over the Edmonton Oilers last weekend, Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said, “It was a big win for us, we needed that.” It’s strange to sense that much frustration from the defending Stanley Cup champions, but this team just hasn’t looked the same.
Colorado is scoring just 2.88 goals per game and the offense has been a complete mess. Mikko Rantanen leads the team with 27 goals and 51 points, but there just hasn’t been enough offense throughout the season.
The Avalanche are still a team that is allowing just 2.9 goals per game, but they just don’t have the consistent offense that is needed to win games. Colorado is a much tougher team on home ice, but there are enough issues that this team just continues to lose games that it shouldn’t.
Senators vs Avalanche Game Injuries
Senators vs Avalanche Head-to-Head
This will be the first of two meetings between the Senators and Avalanche, but you can look at scores and odds from previous seasons to get some information on this one.
Ottawa won the most recent meeting between the two teams, but it was the Avalanche that had won the three games before that.
Senators vs Avalanche Game Information
- Game: Senators (19-19-3) vs Avalanche (20-17-3)
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
- Day/Time: Saturday, Jan. 14th, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Senators vs Avalanche Live Stream: NHL.TV
Senators vs Avalanche Betting Lines
Senators vs Avalanche Picks & Prediction
There doesn’t appear to be a ton of separation between these two teams when looking at the records or total points. That’s not necessarily the case, though, as the Avalanche possess the ability to be one of the better teams in the league.
It’s been an interesting season up to this point for the Avalanche, but you should expect them to have a big game in this one. Colorado has to find a way to get the offense rolling, and that’s going to be a big key on Saturday night.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Colorado Avalanche not only to win this game outright but also to cover the puck line.
The Ottawa Senators are listed at +160 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Senators, you have a chance to win $160. The Colorado Avalanche is -180, offering a chance to win $56.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines give the Senators a 38.46% chance to win, with the Avalanche at 64.29%.