Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators Predictions, NHL Free Pick 2/27/2020
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (-160) Senators (+144)
Marcus Hogberg and the Ottawa Senators (21-31-12, 7th in the Atlantic Division) play the Vancouver Canucks (34-22-6, 2nd in the Pacific Division) at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The moneyline on this contest has the Canucks coming in at -160 and the Senators are at +144. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Canucks cover 52.5% of the time, having gone 31-28 SU. The Senators cover 32.8% of the time, going 21-43 straight up.
The Vancouver Canucks step onto the ice with a record of 34 victories and 22 defeats, which is good for 2nd in the Pacific Division. So far this season, they have converted a total of 204 goals which ranks 4th in the West and 11th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +17, which is good for 10th in the NHL. The Canucks have earned a total of 74 points, which ranks 15th in the NHL and 6th in the Western Conference. In the matter of shots at the opposition, they have earned a total of 1,929 which ranks 10th in the West and 21st in the NHL. As a group, Vancouver has earned a total of 1,127 hits which means they have an average of 18.2 per game. They have earned a total of 802 blocks for the season. The man in net for Vancouver is Thatcher Demko from San Diego, California. He is 24 years old and has totaled 1,170 mins minding the goal for the season. Demko is surrendering an average of 3.03 goals per game which has him ranked 27th among Western Conference goalies and 50th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he has surrendered 59 goals. He holds a save percentage of .906 which has him ranked 24th among Western Conference goalies.
The Vancouver Canucks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in their previous contest. The Canucks played really well in this victory. In this outing, they converted 4 of the 34 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 2 power play opportunities and netted 2 goals out of those opportunities. Vancouver had 2 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Canucks sat at 50 and the Corsi against was 62 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 44.6%. Their Fenwick was 40 while the Fenwick against sat at 46, telling us they have a rate of 46.5%. They took 29 face-off wins and were beaten on 22 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 35.7% and they had a PDO of 99.0 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Montreal Canadiens tallied a total of 40 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 minutes in the box and they tallied 1 power play opportunity.
The Senators are the team looking to add points to their total and for the current year they have 21 wins and 31 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are sitting 15th in the conference and 29th in the league with -45. They have a total of 169 goals for this season which is 14th in the East. Ottawa has a team save percentage of .901 which has them sitting 18th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 8.7% putting them at 13th in the conference. In net for Ottawa is Marcus Hogberg who is having a bad season by allowing 3.10 goals per game and that has him ranked 24th among East goaltenders and 52nd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,160 minutes he has played this year, he has surrendered 60 goals. He holds a save percentage of .908, which puts him at 20th among East goaltenders and 37th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators faced off against the Nashville Predators in a matchup where the Senators went home in defeat by a final of 3 - 2. In this matchup, Ottawa went home with a 55.2% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 58 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 47. They had a Fenwick percentage of 59.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 45 and the Predators finishing with a 31 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Ottawa had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO at even strength was 101.7 and their percentage of oZS was 66.7%. The Senators netted 2 goals of the 35 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to score a goal. As for the opposition, the Predators had 3 power play chances and ended up scoring 2 goals. Ottawa conceded 33 shots on goal and the Predators racked up 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Ottawa (+144)
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