Two teams facing each other for the first time this season, the Ottawa Senators and the Colorado Avalanche meet at Ericsson Globe for an East-West matchup. The puck drops at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, and you’ll be able to view it live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Ottawa Senators vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds
With a -135 moneyline, Ottawa enters the game as the favorite. The line for Colorado sits at +115, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-120 under, +100 over).
Earning 4.2 units for moneyline bettors, the Avalanche are 8-6 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That win percentage, ranked second in the Central Division so far this season, is a surprising turnaround from how the team performed during last year’s regular season (22-60). Of the team’s 14 games this season, nine have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 5-1 SU at home this year.
Colorado’s converted on 19.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties.
As a team, Colorado has been called for penalties 4.6 times per game this season, a number that’s up from the 4.0 penalties per game given up last year. After serving an average of 9.4 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has had to kill penalties for 11.2 minutes per outing this season.
With a .911 save percentage and 31.9 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (6-3) has been the best option in goal for the Avalanche this season. If head coach Jared Bednar decides to give him the day off, however, the team may turn to Jonathan Bernier (2-3-3 record, .884 save percentage, 3.63 goals against average).
The Avs will continue seeking offensive production out of Tyson Barrie and Nathan MacKinnon. Barrie (14 points) has tallied two goals and 12 assists and has recorded multiple points on two separate occasions this year. MacKinnon has four goals and 10 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in seven contests.
Ottawa is 6-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 14 regular season contests, nine of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. As the visiting team, Ottawa is 3-1 SU so far.
Ottawa has converted on 20.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and it’s successfully defended 80.5 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s players have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 4.3, which was the fourth-highest mark in the league. After serving an average of 10.6 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 9.4 minutes per outing this year.
Craig Anderson (.896 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 26.5 saves per game and has five wins, six losses, and three OT losses to his credit.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Senators will be Mark Stone (nine goals, seven assists) and Mike Hoffman (four goals, nine assists).
Ottawa Senators vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over
- The total has gone over in each of Colorado’s last five outings.
- The Avalanche are 3-2 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Senators are 0-4 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
- Two of Ottawa’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 1-4 overall in shootouts this season.