Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 3/2/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Senators (+216) Canadiens (-244)
Bell Centre is the site where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (9-6-5) will play the Ottawa Senators (7-15-1) on Tuesday. The Canadiens open this contest at -244 while the Senators are priced at +216. The total opens at 6.5.
The Senators had a rough game after their 6-3 defeat to the Flames in their previous contest. Their offensive zone starts were at 50.2% and they had a PDO of 87.1 for this game. They earned 28 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 28 attempts to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 33 and the Fenwick against was 39, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 45.8%. The Corsi for the Senators came in at 43 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 56 which means they had a Corsi rate of 43.4%. Ottawa earned 17 penalty minutes in this matchup. Furthermore, they had 6 power play opportunities and scored 3 goals. The Senators had a middle of the road showing in this loss. In the game, they scored on 3 of the 34 shots they put on goal.
In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Ottawa Senators have notched 60 goals (14th in the National Hockey League) on the year and have given up 91. For the year, they have scored 15 points and their points % is .326. Ottawa comes into tonight with 83 power play chances and they have notched 13 goals out of those chances, giving them a percentage of 15.66%. While at even strength, the Senators have conceded 73 goals while getting 47 on offense. Ottawa has tried 750 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 8.0%. The Senators have had 726 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .875. Ottawa Senators opponents have tallied 73 power play opportunities (5th in the league) and have racked up 18 goals in those attempts.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Matt Murray. Murray has participated in 217 games over the course of his NHL career. He has compiled a mark of 122-63-20 and was named the starter in 209 games. Opponents have been able to score 563 goals versus Murray in his professional hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.75. Murray has seen 6,376 shots taken against him and has recorded 5,813 saves. His save percentage currently is .912 in his 12,302 minutes on the ice. Over the course of his time in hockey, Murray has tallied 107 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .512.
In their last game, Montreal opposed the Jets in a matchup where the Canadiens took the defeat by a final score of 2-1. They had a PDO at even strength of 96 and they finished this one with an oZS percentage of 58.8%. They had 2 power play chances in this contest but weren't able to notch a goal. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 70.5% with a Fenwick of 55 and the Jets ending the game with a 23 Fenwick. The Canadiens earned 1 goal of the 41 shots on goal they pursued. Montreal earned a 70.7% Corsi rate. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Montreal played and you might say they will look have a bounce back performance in their next game.
On the year, the Montreal Canadiens have earned a total of 65 goals, 23 points, in addition to a points percentage of .575. They have allowed 58 goals to be scored by of a combination of 39 goals at even strength and 19 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Canadiens have earned 54 goals at even strength and 11 goals (21st in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. They have recorded 59 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play rate of 18.64%. Montreal has attempted 675 shots (7th in hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 9.63%, while allowing the opposition 581 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 75.95% on the other teams 79 power play chances, and their save percentage is 90.0%.
Across the ice you will find Carey Price protecting the goal. He has recorded 18,880 stops out of 20,590 shots tried, giving him a save percentage of .917. Price has compiled a career mark of 353-254-77 and has been in goal for 694 games. He has started in 682 contests and has played 40,957 minutes. Price's quality start percentage comes out to 57.2% and he has earned 390 quality starts in his professional career. Teams are averaging 2.51 goals/game and he has relinquished 1,710 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Ottawa (+216)
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