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Matt Duchene, Thomas Chabot, and the Ottawa Senators will face off against Max Domi, Jonathan Drouin, and the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre in a divisional showdown. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 4, and you’ll be able to watch it live on The Sports Network.

Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens Odds

The Canadiens (-175) are being chosen as the favorites over the Senators (+155), and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Losing 1.4 units for moneyline gamblers, Montreal is 12-15 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a welcomed improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2017-18 season (29-53). Of the team’s 27 games this season, 13 have gone over the total, while another 13 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 7-8 SU at home.

The Canadiens have converted on just 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 78.4 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .898 save percentage and 26.8 saves per game, Carey Price (8-12-4) has been the primary option in goal for the Habs this season. If the Habs choose to give him the night off, however, Montreal may turn to Antti Niemi (4-3-3 record, .893 save percentage, 3.61 goals against average).

On the other hand, Ottawa is 12-15 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 2.9 units this year. 19 of its outings have gone over the total, while six have gone under the total and just two have pushed. As a road team, the Senators are 3-9 SU so far.

The Senators have scored on 23.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 32nd overall and it’s successfully defended 70.0 percent of all penalties.

Craig Anderson (32.2 saves per game) has been the primary choice in the net for Ottawa. Anderson has 11 wins, 13 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .905 save percentage and 3.62 goals against average this year.

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens Free Picks

Free Pick: SU Winner \u2013 Senators, O/U \u2013 Over

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in four of Montreal’s last five outings.
  • Ottawa has managed 29.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Montreal has been attempting 41.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Eight of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 3-5 in those games.
  • The Canadiens this season have recorded the fourth-most hits per game in the NHL (27.0), but that average has jumped up to 34.6 over their last five home outings.