Calgary Flames vs. Ottawa Senators Free Pick

Canadian Tire Centre is the site for a cross-country showdown as the Ottawa Senators welcome the visiting Calgary Flames. It’s the last time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The opening face-off takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 9, and it’ll be televised live on Sportsnet West.

Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators Odds

Calgary is 33-35 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 68 regular season outings, 33 of its games have gone over the total, while another 33 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the away team this season, the Flames are 19-16 SU.

Calgary has converted on just 18.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th out of 31 teams, and it has successfully killed off 81.0 percent of its penalties.

Calgary, as a collective unit, has been whistled for penalties 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 6.4 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s had to kill penalties a whopping 15.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 29.0 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Mike Smith (24-23-6) has been the top option in goal for Calgary this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Glen Gulutzan might turn to David Rittich (8-9-3 record, .904 save percentage, 2.96 goals against average).

The visiting Flames have relied on Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan this season. Gaudreau has 76 points on 20 goals and 56 assists, and has recorded multiple points 20 times. Monahan has 30 goals and 30 assists to his nameand has logged a point in 38 games.

On the other side of the ice, Ottawa is 23-43 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 34 of its contests have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and none have pushed. This year, the team’s 14-19 SU as the home team.

Ottawa has converted on just 16.4 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Ottawa players have been sent to the penalty box 3.6 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Craig Anderson (27.6 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for Ottawa. Anderson has 20 wins, 29 losses, and six OT losses and has maintained a poor .901 save percentage and 3.24 goals against average this season.

Mark Stone (20 goals, 42 assists) will lead the attack for the Senators.

Calgary Flames vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 2-7 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The under has hit in three of Ottawa’s last five games.
  • Over Calgary’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-5 in those games).
  • The Sens this season have handed the seventh-most hits per game (24.0).