Vancouver Canucks vs. Ottawa Senators Free Pick 1/2/19

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Elias Pettersson, Bo Horvat, and the Vancouver Canucks will do battle against Mark Stone, Matt Duchene, and the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre in a cross-country showdown. Sportsnet will broadcast the matchup, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 2.

Vancouver Canucks at Ottawa Senators Odds

The Canucks (-130) are tabbed as the favorites over the Senators (+110) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Vancouver is 19-23 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 20 of its games have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Nucks are 10-13 SU on the road in 2018-19.

Vancouver has converted on 17.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 22nd in the league, and it has successfully killed off 77.8 percent of its penalties..

Averaging 28.5 saves per game with a .910 save percentage, Jacob Markstrom (16-13-3) has been the top option in goal for Vancouver this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach Travis Green might roll with Anders Nilsson (3-9-1), who has a .895 save percentage and 3.09 goals against average this year.

On the other bench, Ottawa is 15-25 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 40 regular season matches, 26 of its games have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just three have pushed. The team’s 11-10 SU at home this season.

The Senators have converted on just 21.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.0 percent of all penalties.

Craig Anderson (32.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Senators. Anderson has 14 wins, 17 losses, and three overtime losses and has registered a mediocre 3.58 goals against average and a fairly-weak .905 save percentage this year.

Vancouver Canucks at Ottawa Senators Free Picks

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • For both of these teams, the game went over the total in three of their last five matchups.
  • Vancouver has managed 23.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Ottawa is averaging 29.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Over Vancouver’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • Vancouver skaters notched 21.3 hits per game last season, while the Senators logged 24.0 hits per matchup.