Ottawa Senators vs. Vegas Golden Knights Matchup 10/17/19

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Vladislav Namestnikov, and the Ottawa Senators will face off against Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena for an East-West showdown. The game will get going at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 17, and you’ll be able to watch it live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

Ottawa Senators at Vegas Golden Knights Odds

The Golden Knights (-270) are being labeled as the favorites over the Senators (+230). The Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7 goals and originally opened at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. Those odds have shifted since they opened, and they presently sit at -110 for the over, -110 for the under.

Vegas is 4-3 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 0.1 units this season. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from what the team posted during last year’s regular season (43-39). Through seven regular season outings, four of the team’s games have gone over the total, while three have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 2-2 SU at home so far this year.

The Golden Knights have successfully found the net on 29.2 percent of their power play chances so far. That’s a big improvement from last season, when they were ranked 19th in the league by scoring on 18.4 percent of their extra-man opportunities. Their penalty kill has gotten stronger year-over-year as they’ve gone from successfully defending 80.3 percent of opponents’ power plays (ranked 15th overall last season) to 92.6 percent this year.

Averaging 28.9 saves per game with a .922 save percentage, Marc-Andre Fleury (4-3) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for the Knights this season. If the Knights decide to rest him, however, Vegas could roll with Malcolm Subban (0-1-1 record, .857 save percentage, 6.00 goals against average).

On the visitors’ side of the ice, Ottawa is 1-4 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of three of its games have gone under the total, while two have gone over and none have pushed.

The Sens have scored on 0.0 percent of their power play chances this year after converting on 20.4 percent of their extra-man opportunities last season (a percentage that was just better than the league average). The team has gone from successfully defending 79.2 percent of opponent power plays (ranked 23rd overall last season) to 81.8 percent in 2019-20.

Craig Anderson (3.05 goals against average and .906 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 28.8 saves per game and owns a 1-3 record.

Ottawa Senators at Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • For both of these teams, the total has gone over in four of their last five games.
  • Ottawa has managed 26.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Vegas is averaging 33.5 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Ottawa skaters created 21.7 hits per game last season, while the Golden Knights logged 29.1 hits per matchup.