Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Prediction, 2/26/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+110) Senators (-132)
Canadian Tire Centre is the site where the Ottawa Senators (19-26-5) will compete against the Montreal Canadiens (12-33-7) on Saturday. The line on this matchup has Montreal at +110 while Ottawa is opening at -132. The over/under comes in at 7.
The Montreal Canadiens will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4-0 victory over the Sabres in their previous game. Montreal accrued 9 mins in the box for this contest. In addition, they had 1 chance on the power play but weren't able to convert it into a goal. The Canadiens played really well in this victory. In the game, they earned a goal on 4 of the 29 shots they attempted.
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With respect to scoring goals, the Montreal Canadiens have racked up 119 goals (30th in hockey) on the campaign and have allowed 197. For the year, they sit with 31 points and their points percentage is .298. Montreal is sitting with 151 power play chances and they have scored 19 goals out of those chances, giving them a rate of 12.58%. While playing at even strength, the Canadiens have surrendered 153 goals while notching 100 on the offensive side of the ice. Montreal has attempted 1,526 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 7.8%. The Canadiens have had 1,785 shots taken against them and hold a save percentage of .890. Montreal Canadiens opponents have amassed 172 power play opportunities (3rd in pro hockey) and have earned 44 goals in those attempts.
The player in the crease for this game is Sam Montembeault. Montembeault has played in 50 games throughout his NHL career. He has an overall record of 14-18-7 and he has gotten the start in 37 games. The opposition has scored 141 goals against Montembeault in his pro career and his goals against rate is 3.36. Montembeault has had 1,375 shots taken against him and has amassed 1,234 total saves. His save percentage is at .897 during his 2,515 mins in the crease. In his career, Montembeault has compiled 15 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .405.
In their last contest, Ottawa faced the Wild in a game where the Senators ended up with the victory by a tally of 4-3. They had 4 chances on the power play in this outing and recorded 1 goal out of those attempts. The Senators earned 4 goals of the 34 shots on goal they attempted.
Ottawa has put up 1,499 shots (28th in pro hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 8.87%, while allowing their opponents 1,695 shots. They have a penalty kill percentage of 80.92% on the other teams 152 tries on the power play, and their save percentage sits at 90.7%. They have earned 151 opportunities on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 16.56%. The Senators have earned 108 goals at even strength and 25 goals (25th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have permitted 158 goals to be scored by of a combination of 129 goals at even strength and 29 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this season, the Ottawa Senators have tallied 133 goals, 43 points, and a points percentage of .430.
On the other side of the ice you will find Matt Murray in net. Opponents are averaging 2.74 goals/game and he has relinquished 629 goals in total. Murray's percentage of quality starts is 52.8% and he has qualified for 124 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has made the start in 235 games and has played for a total of 13,775 mins. Murray has accrued a lifetime mark of 132-75-22 and has been in net for 243 contests. He has accounted for 6,541 stops out of 7,170 shots attempted against him, which gives him a rate of .912.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Montreal (+110)
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