Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators Betting Preview

Canadian Tire Centre is playing host an Eastern Conference matchup as the Carolina Hurricanes travel north to to take on the Ottawa Senators. The action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 24, and it is being shown live on Sportsnet ONE.

Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators Odds

With a -135 moneyline, Carolina enters the matchup as the favorite. The line for Ottawa sits at +115 and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

Carolina is 32-42 straight up (SU) and has lost 16.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 74 regular season outings, 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the away team in 2017-18, the Canes are 15-21 SU.

Carolina has converted on 19.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and the teams successfully killed off only 77.4 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Canes have been penalized just 2.8 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, 3.0 per game over its last five contests total, and 2.8 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 5.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .903 save percentage and 24.9 saves per game, Cam Ward (20-19-4) has been the top option in goal for Carolina this year. If head coach Bill Peters chooses to rest him, however, Carolina may turn to Scott Darling (12-27-7 record, .885 save percentage, 3.19 goals against average).

The visiting Hurricanes have relied heavily on Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen this year. Aho (61 points) has tallied 26 goals and 35 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 15 different games. Teravainen has 23 goals and 38 assists to his name (and has logged a point in 39 games).

On the other side of the ice, Ottawa is 26-47 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 39 of its outings have gone over the total, while 34 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 15-22 SU at home this season.

The Senators have converted on just 17.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.4 percent of all penalties.

Senators players have been penalized 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Craig Anderson (27.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Senators. Anderson has 22 wins, 31 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 3.32 goals against average and a subpar .899 save percentage this year.

The home team offense will be led by Mark Stone (20 goals, 42 assists).

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Ottawa is 2-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Carolina is 3-3 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of Ottawa’s last five outings.
  • The Hurricanes have averaged the leagues fifth-most shots on goal (34.1) and Ottawa has attempted just the 24th-most (30.6).
  • Ottawa has averaged 2.8 goals per game (overall) this season, but has been averaging 1.7 goals per matchup over its three-game losing streak.
  • Six of Carolina’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-5 in those games.
  • The Senators this season have registered the sixth-most hits per game (23.9).