In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens take the ice at Bell Centre in an Atlantic Division tilt. The matchup gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, and you’ll be able to see the game live on Sportsnet.
Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens Odds
Montreal (-135) is currently favored over Ottawa (+115), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -130 for the under and +110 for the over.
The Canadiens are 10-15 straight up (SU) and have recorded -7.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a big slide from what the team recorded during last years regular season (47-35). 12 of its 25 contests have gone under the total, while 11 have gone over and just two have pushed. The teams 6-7 SU at home this season.
Montreal has converted on just 16.1 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 26th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.4 percent of all penalties.
As a team, Montreal has been penalized 4.1 times per game overall this season, 4.4 per game over its past five contests total, and 4.6 per game over its last five at home. The teams had to defend opponent power plays for 11.8 minutes per contest over its last five home games.
With a .898 save percentage and 27.0 saves per game, Carey Price (5-8-1) has been the primary option in goal for the Canadiens this year. If they choose to give him the night off, however, head coach Claude Julien might turn to Charlie Lindgren (3-5-5 record, .924 save percentage, 2.43 goals against average).
The Habs will continue to lean on the leadership via Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher. Drouin (16 points) has tallied four goals and 12 assists and has recorded multiple points in four different games this year. Gallagher has 10 goals and five assists to his name and has notched a point in 11 contests.
Ottawa is 8-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 13 of its outings have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and none have pushed. Ottawa’s 4-4 SU as the visiting team this season.
Ottawa has converted on just 16.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Ottawa’s skaters have been whistled for penalties only 3.6 times per game this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson (2.95 goals against average and .895 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 24.2 saves per game and owns a 7-11-3 record.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Senators will be Mark Stone (13 goals, 10 assists) and Mike Hoffman (eight goals, 11 assists).
Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Under
- Ottawa (1-4 in shootouts) has more experience this season in games decided by shootout. Montreal has participated in only two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
- The under has hit in four of Montreal’s last five outings.
- The Canadiens have averaged the leagues third-most shots on goal (35.2) while the Senators have attempted the 20th-most (only 35.2).
- Five of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
- The Habs this season have recorded the fifth-most hits per game (24.6), but the team’s averaged 30.2 over their past five games as the home team.