New Jersey Devils vs. Ottawa Senators Matchup Preview

Facing each other for the third and final time this season, the New Jersey Devils and the Ottawa Senators collide at Canadian Tire Centre in an Eastern Conference tilt. This one will get started at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 6 and it is being televised live on MSG Network.

New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators Odds

New Jersey is 27-24 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 26 of its contests have gone over the total, while 24 have gone under and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Devils team is 12-13 SU on the road. New Jersey has converted on 20.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the eighth-best penalty kill in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 82.7 percent of its penalties. New Jersey, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 3.9 times per game in the 2017-18 season, 3.6 per game over its last five total, and 3.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.8 minutes per game over their last five road outings. With a .913 save percentage and 28.9 saves per game, Cory Schneider (18-17-6) has been the primary option in goal for New Jersey this year. If New Jersey decides to rest him, however, they may turn to Keith Kinkaid (10-7-2), who has a .898 save percentage and 2.96 goals against average this year. Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier will both lead the way for the visiting Devils. Hall (51 points) is up to 18 goals and 33 assists, and has recorded two or more points 15 times. Hischier has nine goals and 22 assists to his creditand has notched a point in 23 games. Ottawa is 17-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 17.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 51 regular season outings, 26 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 10-16 SU at home this year. Ottawa has converted on just 15.6 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places it in the bottom overall among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is also ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.5 percent of all penalties. Ottawa players have been whistled for penalties 3.6 times per game in total this season, 3.2 per game over their last five games total, and 3.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Craig Anderson (27.7 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Ottawa. Anderson has 14 wins, 23 losses, and five OT losses and has registered a subpar .903 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average this year. Mark Stone (18 goals, 26 assists) will lead the attack for Ottawa.

New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Devils, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Ottawa’s last five outings.
  • Power plays and penalty kills could prove to be extremely important tonight. The Devils are 9-11 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 12-18 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Senators are 7-16 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 11-21 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
  • New Jersey is 3-4 in games decided by a shootout this season while Ottawa is 2-5 in shootouts.
  • Ottawa is ranked 21st with 6.8 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as it has created 5.6 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.4 takeaways over its last five.
  • New Jersey has allowed 3.0 goals per game overall this year, but has given up only 1.7 per match up in their past three games (the teams a perfect 3-0 SU during that span),
  • New Jersey has averaged 7.2 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 8.3 takeaways per game (ranked eighth overall).
  • New Jersey might hold an advantage if this one comes down to the wire. The teams 13-11 in one-goal games, while Ottawa is only 11-17 in such games.