Senators Get Hot, Canadiens Flounder
The Ottawa Senators have won three straight games and have been quite generous to those who bet online. Their wins have been convincing and have come as big underdogs in the sportsbook at times.
They knocked off the New York Islanders, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 and then a shutout on the Montreal Canadiens 5-0 on Saturday.
They’ll rematch with the Canadiens on Tuesday and another win might be in the cards. The Habs have lost three straight and four of their last five. Are the Sens the best bet on the NHL betting odds?
Let’s check the latest NHL news, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Senators vs Canadiens. We’ve got plenty of NHL picks for you to consider.
Senators Looking Good
All three of the Senators’ recent wins have been impressive. Going from a 6-2 against a strong Maple Leaf team to shutting out Montreal 5-0 is quite the stretch against their Canadian rivals.
It’s been a wonderful mix of productive offense and excellent goaltending in Ottawa, though consistency has been a problem for the team this year. We’ve seen it shut out a team one night, then allow eight goals a few days later.
The Senators will be looking for their goalies to come ready to play here. Anton Forsberg has started the last two games, which could be setting up a Cam Talbot start.
Talbot is 12-13-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average (GAA) and a .905 save percentage. He has a shaky .882 save percentage this month. Forsberg is at .907 in January, so you’d rather see him in the net if you plan to take this team with your NHL picks.
Canadiens Looking for Revenge
Montreal certainly doesn’t want to repeat its performance from Saturday against the Senators in a game where it was blanked. Getting shut out on the road and giving up five goals isn’t exactly a dream scenario for this squad.
Now that it has lost three in a row and four of its last five, Montreal will be looking for something to change before it falls into another long losing stretch.
Clearly, the loss of Cole Caufield has been a massive blow to its offense. Caufield separated his shoulder for the second time this season two weeks ago, costing Montreal its second-leading points scorer this year.
Without Caufield available, the Canadiens only have two skaters over 30 points, severely limiting the overall production their offense is capable of.
Senators vs Canadiens Game Injuries
Senators vs Canadiens Head-to-Head
These two teams have met twice this season, with the Senators winning both games, including a 5-0 shutout on Saturday.
Senators vs Canadiens Information
- Game: Senators (23-23-3) vs Canadiens (20-26-4)
- Location: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Senators vs Canadiens Live stream: NHL.TV
Senators vs Canadiens Betting Lines
Senators vs Canadiens Picks and Prediction
The Senators have been cashing of late, so why expect a change here? They should be the team that will come out on top.
Just take a look to make sure that Forsberg is in the net. If so, bet the Sens. If not, consider the over, as Talbot has been unreliable. He’s allowed three goals or more in six of his last eight.
Montreal is listed at +155 in our NHL betting odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Canadiens, you have a chance to win $155. Ottawa is -175, offering a chance to win $57 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Senators a 63.64% chance to win, with the Canadiens at 39.22%.