Ottawa Senators (13-17-1) @ Montreal Canadiens (14-11-6)
NHL: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Bell Centre
Line & Odds: Ottawa Senators +140/Montreal Canadiens -160
The Montreal Canadiens will look to continue their recent run of success as they host the struggling Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre, beginning a quick two game home stand.
The Montreal Canadiens are winners of three of their last four games with big wins over the Islanders, Rangers and Penguins. They started the year off well, but then took a nose dive down the standings with eight straight losses. Luckily, they have been able to get some momentum back and find themselves back in the thick of the wild card race just ahead of top teams that have struggled this year like the Maple Leafs and Lightning. So far this season, they have had an extremely strong offense scoring 3.19 goals per game (11th in NHL) on 34.9 shots on goal (1st in NHL). A big reason for that has been the quartet of Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Phillip Danault. Tatar is currently leading the group with 27 points (10 G, 17 A), but they’ve all contributed with at least 24 points. Defense has been a key issue and easily the biggest reason they aren’t performing better. Goalie Carey Price hasn’t been anything special, but over the last three wins he’s been much better with a 1.33 GAA and .954 SV%. However, the Canadiens will have the top goalie prospect, Cayden Primeau, between the sticks for his second career start after losing his first to the Colorado Avalanche.
The Ottawa Senators have endured a tough start to their season, but are currently going through their own bit of success with wins in two of their last three games. Their last game was one of their biggest victories of the season as they defeated Atlantic division leading Boston Bruins 5-2 at home. Their biggest contributors have been Anthony Duclair and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who are already over the 15 goal mark this season. No surprise that both found themselves on the scoring sheet once again in the win against Boston. This team isn’t very good on either side of the ice as the Senators average 2.71 goals per game (21st in NHL), score on 9.3% of their power plays (31st in NHL) and allow 3.1 goals per game (T20th in NHL). Those collection of stats have resulted in a combined -13 score differential for the Senators. While blame should be spread to all players on the team, it’s hard to give a lot to Pageau, who is currently tied for second in the NHL in plus/minus at +19. If he could play the entire game the Senators would be looking pretty good.
Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Free NHL Predictions
Both teams come into this game with some momentum, and although the Canadiens are on the second night of a back to back they have more talent throughout their roster. The start of Canadien goalie Primeau is an interesting X-factor and with the Senators offense being one of the worst in the NHL this is a perfect game for him to get his first career win.