Golden Knights vs Senators Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/16/2020
Game: Vegas Golden Knights vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Knights (-180) Senators (+162)
Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights (24-19-6, 5th in the Pacific Division) head to Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday where they'll take on the Ottawa Senators (16-22-8, 7th in the Atlantic Division). The Golden Knights open this matchup at -180 while the Senators are coming in at +162. The total opens at 6. The Golden Knights cover 45.7% of the time, having gone 21-25 SU. Ottawa covers 34.8% of the time, going 16-30 straight up.
The Vegas Golden Knights head into this game holding a record of 24 victories and 19 losses, which is good for 5th in the Pacific Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 148 goals which has them at 5th in the conference and 13th in the league. Their goal differential is -1, which is good for 19th in the league. The Golden Knights have compiled a total of 54 pts, which has them at 17th in the league and 8th in the West. When it comes to shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,667 which has them at 1st in the conference and 1st in the league. As a group, Vegas has obtained a total of 1,285 hits which means they have an average of 26.2 per game. They have compiled a total of 539 blocks for this season. Protecting the net for Vegas is Marc-Andre Fleury from Sorel, Quebec. He is 35 years old and has racked up 1,937 minutes defending the goal this season. Fleury is surrendering 2.85 GAA which has him placed 15th among West goaltenders and 29th among goaltenders in the NHL. For the season, he's surrendered 92 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .906 which has him placed 19th among West goaltenders.
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to clean up some issues after taking a 4 - 2 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres their last time out. The Golden Knights could have played much better offensively in this defeat. For this outing, they earned a goal on 2 out of the 26 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 3 power play attempts and were able to score 1 goal out of those chances. Vegas racked up 8 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Golden Knights was 49 and the Corsi against was 34 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 59.0%. Their Fenwick was 33 while the Fenwick against was 29, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.2%. They won 17 face-off wins and were beaten on 24 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 58.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 95.8 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Buffalo Sabres tallied 26 shots. They had a total of 8 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play chances.
The Senators will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 16 victories and 22 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are ranked 14th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the NHL with -31. They have earned a total of 123 goals for the season which puts them at 14th in the East. Ottawa has a team save % of .898 which is good for 23rd in the NHL, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they are aggressive. They have a shooting percentage of 9.0% ranking them 12th in the East. In net for Ottawa is Marcus Hogberg who is having a tough year by surrendering 3.01 GAA and that places him 20th in the Eastern Conference and 41st in the NHL. In the 558 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 28 goals. His save percentage is .901, which puts him at 23rd in the Eastern Conference and 47th in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators squared up with the Chicago Blackhawks in a game where the Senators ended up taking the loss by a mark of 3 - 2. For this matchup, Ottawa earned a 37.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 34 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 57. Their Fenwick rate was 36.1% with a Fenwick of 22 and the Blackhawks finishing with a 39 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Ottawa had and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. They had a PDO at even strength of 100.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 35.7%. The Senators scored 2 goals of the 22 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Blackhawks had 1 power play chance but were not able to take advantage. Ottawa gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Blackhawks had a total of 4 penalty mins.
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Josh's Pick: Take Vegas (-180)
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