Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators Prediction, 3/15/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Vancouver Canucks vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Canucks (-165) Senators (+149)
Matt Murray and the Ottawa Senators (9-20-1) host the Vancouver Canucks (13-16-2) at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday. The Senators open this game at +149 while the Canucks are coming in at -165. The O/U has been set at 6.5.
The Canucks were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2-1 win against the Oilers in their last outing. Their offensive zone starts were at 46.7% and they had a PDO at even strength of 104.8 for this one. They earned 28 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 18 attempts to win the puck. Their Fenwick came in at 31 and the Fenwick against was 33, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 48.4%. The Corsi for the Canucks was 45 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 54 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 45.5%. Vancouver had 4 mins in the box for this contest. Additionally, they had 2 power play tries and notched 1 goal. The Canucks offense left a lot to be desired in this win. While out there on the ice, they converted 2 out of the 28 shots they put on net.
The Canucks have had 1,035 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .903. While at even strength, the Canucks have conceded 78 goals while having 64 as an offensive unit. Vancouver Canucks opponents have amassed 111 power play opportunities (1st in the league) and have come away with 22 goals in those attempts. For the year, the have a total of 28 points and their points percentage is sitting at .452. Vancouver has attempted 951 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.8%. With respect to their scoring, the Vancouver Canucks have racked up 84 goals (12th in pro hockey) so far this season and have conceded 100. Vancouver skates onto the rink with 97 power play chances and they have tallied 20 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 20.62%.
Patrolling the crease for the game will be Thatcher Demko. Demko has been in goal for 57 games during his NHL career. He has earned a record of 27-23-4 and he has gotten the start in 54 games. Opponents have racked up 162 goals against Demko in his pro hockey career and his average for goals against per game is 2.93. Demko has seen 1,803 shots taken against him and has recorded 1,641 total saves. He has a save percentage of .910 during his 3,312 mins played. In his career, Demko has accounted for 32 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .593.
Their last time out, Ottawa faced off against the Oilers in a game where the Senators went home in defeat by a final of 6-2. They had a PDO of 88 and their percentage of oZS was 20.1%. They had 2 power play chances in this one and scored 1 out of those chances. Their Fenwick rate came in at 45.1% with a Fenwick of 37 and the Oilers having notched a 45 Fenwick. The Senators tallied 2 goals of the 25 shots on goal they attempted. Ottawa wrapped up this game with a 50.5% Corsi rate. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Ottawa played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice.
The Senators have tallied 62 goals at even strength and 15 goals (21st in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. Ottawa has taken 942 shots (3rd in hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 8.17%, while allowing the other team 960 shots. On the year, the Ottawa Senators have accumulated 77 goals, 19 points, and a points percentage of .317. They have recorded 100 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 15.00%. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 73.74% on their opponents 99 tries on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 87.4%. They have granted a total of 121 goals to be scored by of a combination of 95 goals at even strength and 26 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the ice you are expected to see Matt Murray in the crease. The opposition is averaging 2.77 goals per game and he has allowed 578 goals overall. Murray's quality start rate comes out to 51.2% and he has earned 109 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He was named a starter in 213 contests and his ice time sits at 12,507 mins. Murray has a career record of 124-65-20 and has been in net for 221 games. He has a tally of 5,907 saves out of the 6,485 shots attempted, giving him a save percentage of .911.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Vancouver (-165)
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