Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens NHL Picks & Predictions 11/20/2019
Game: Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Senators (+144) Canadiens (-160)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (11-5-4, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) host the Ottawa Senators (8-11-1, 7th in the Atlantic Division) at Bell Centre on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The Canadiens open this matchup at -160 while the Senators are coming in at +144. The total opens at 6. The Senators are covering 40.0% of the time, having gone 8-12 SU. Montreal covers 50.0% of the time, going 9-9 straight up.
The Ottawa Senators come into the game holding a record of 8 victories and 11 losses, putting them at 7th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have earned a total of 55 goals which has them ranked at 13th in the conference and 25th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -10, putting them at 24th in the NHL. The Senators have a total of 17 points, which has them ranked at 29th in the NHL and 16th in the East. When discussing shots at the opposition, they have a total of 591 which has them ranked at 12th in the conference and 26th in the NHL. As a team, Ottawa has obtained a total of 419 hits which has them averaging 21 per contest. They have a total of 228 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for Ottawa is Anders Nilsson from Park Ridge, Illinois. He is 29 years old and has racked up 543 mins minding the net this year. Nilsson is surrendering 2.76 GAA which has him ranking 11th among Eastern Conference goalies and 22nd among goalies in the NHL. During this season, he has allowed 25 goals. He has a save percentage of .925 which has him ranking 3rd among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Ottawa Senators were on the losing side of the ice with a 4 - 2 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres in their last contest. The Senators could have played much better offensively in this defeat. For this matchup, they scored on 2 out of the 23 shots they attempted. They also had 3 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those opportunities. Ottawa ended up with a total of 4 penalty mins in this game. The Corsi for the Senators sat at 30 and the Corsi against was 40 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 42.9%. Their Fenwick was 20 while the Fenwick against was 31, which means they earned a rate of 39.2%. They won 23 face-off wins at even strength and lost 16 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 42.3% and they had a PDO of 84.8 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Buffalo Sabres tallied 32 shots. They had 6 penalty minutes and they notched 2 power play attempts.
The Canadiens are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 11 wins and 5 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 6th in the East and 9th in the NHL with +9. They have earned a total of 70 goals for the year which ranks 5th in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has a team save percentage of .907 which has them sitting 13th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.3% which is good for 7th in the conference. In net for Montreal is Carey Price who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.61 GAA and that places him 7th among East goalies and 17th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 965 mins he's been on the ice this season, he has given up 42 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .917, which places him at 5th among East goalies and 13th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens opposed the New Jersey Devils in a game where the Canadiens went home in defeat by a tally of 4 - 3. In this matchup, Montreal went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 46 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 46. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 42.3% by earning a Fenwick of 30 and the Devils having a 41 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Montreal had and you could say that they played like a middle of the road team. They had a PDO of 104.2 and they earned an oZS percentage of 45.0%. The Canadiens notched 3 goals of the 34 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play attempts in this game and were able to net 1 out of those chances. On the other side of the ice, the Devils had 6 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 2 goals. Montreal gave way to 43 shots on goal and the Devils earned a total of 12 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Ottawa (+144)
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