New Jersey Devils vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/29/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Sunday, December 29, 2019
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+122) Senators (-135)
Canadian Tire Centre is the site where Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators (16-18-4, 7th in the Atlantic Division) will take on the New Jersey Devils (12-19-6, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) on Sunday. The Senators open this contest at -135 while the Devils are coming in at +122. The O/U is set at 6. The Devils cover 30.6% of the time, having gone 11-25 SU. Ottawa covers 42.1% of the time, going 16-22 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 12 wins and 19 defeats, which puts them at 8th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 94 goals which has them ranked at 15th in the East and 30th in the league. Their goal differential is -35, which puts them at 30th in the league. The Devils currently have a total of 30 pts, which has them ranked at 30th in the league and 15th in the East. When looking at shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,136 which has them ranked at 13th in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the league. As a unit, New Jersey has compiled a total of 693 hits which means they are averaging 18.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 445 blocks for the season. The man protecting the goal for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has totaled 1,578 minutes defending the net for the season. Blackwood is allowing 2.89 goals against average which puts him at 18th in the East and 35th in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 76 goals. He holds a save % of .907 which puts him at 19th in the East.
The New Jersey Devils will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5 - 4 defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their previous contest. The Devils had a solid offensive outing in this loss. For this game, they netted 4 of the 28 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 3 power play chances and netted 1 goal out of those opportunities. New Jersey had a total of 10 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 40 and the Corsi against was 56 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 41.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 33 and the Fenwick against sat at 43, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 43.4%. They won 24 face-off wins at even strength and lost 22 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 27.1% and they had a PDO at even strength of 102.3 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs tallied 37 shots. They finished with a total of 8 penalty minutes and they notched 4 power play chances.
The Senators will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they sit with 16 wins and 18 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they currently sit 14th in the conference and 26th in the league with -15. They currently have a total of 106 goals for the season which has them sitting at 12th in the conference. Ottawa has a save % as a team of .904 which is good for 16th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 9.3% which puts them at 12th in the East. In net for Ottawa is Craig Anderson who is having an ok year by allowing 2.88 goals per contest and that ranks him 17th among East goalies and 33rd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 897 mins he's been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 43 goals. He's earned a save % of .909, which puts him at 15th among East goalies and 32nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators played the Buffalo Sabres in an outing where the Senators ended up with the win by a mark of 3 - 1. In their game, Ottawa earned a 39.8% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 47 while the opposition had a Corsi of 71. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 36.9% by earning a Fenwick of 31 and the Sabres having earned a 53 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Ottawa had and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO at even strength was 109.6 and their percentage of oZS was 41.7%. The Senators notched 3 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Sabres had 2 power play opportunities but didn't put the puck in goal. Ottawa gave way to 44 shots on goal and the Sabres earned 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Ottawa (-135)
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