Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 2/25/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Senators (-188) Canadiens (+155)
The Ottawa Senators (27-25-4) are headed to Bell Centre on Saturday where they will take on the Montreal Canadiens (24-29-4). The odds on this game have the Senators at -188 and the Canadiens are at +155. The betting total comes in at 7.
The Ottawa Senators will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 3-1 defeat against the Bruins in their last outing. Ottawa accumulated 10 mins in the box for this game. The Senators didn't have a great showing offensively in the loss. Furthermore, they had 3 chances with extra men on the ice but weren't able to score a goal. In the game, they tallied a score on 1 out of the 31 shots they put on net.
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When playing at even strength, the Senators have conceded 142 goals while earning 116 on the offensive side of the ice. Ottawa Senators opponents have amassed 203 power play tries (6th in pro hockey) and have a total of 37 goals in those chances. In the matter of their goal scoring prowess, the Ottawa Senators have earned 170 goals (23rd in the league) on the campaign and have given up 179. Ottawa has taken 1,866 shots and holds a shot percentage of 9.1%. For the season, they have racked up 58 points and their points percentage is sitting at .518. The Senators have seen 1,810 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .901. Ottawa has accumulated 210 power play opportunities and they have scored 54 goals out of those attempts, giving them a percentage of 25.71%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Cam Talbot. In his professional hockey career, Talbot has accounted for 221 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .544. His save percentage currently is .914 for his 24,230 minutes guarding the cage. Talbot has had 12,440 shots against him and has accrued 11,372 saves. The opposition has notched 1,068 goals versus Talbot in his professional career and his goals against average per game is 2.64. He has accumulated an overall mark of 213-155-35 and was named the starter in 406 games. Talbot has played in 424 games throughout his professional hockey career.
In their last game, Montreal faced off against the Devils in an outing where the Canadiens took home the win by a final score of 5-2. The Canadiens notched 5 goals out of the 18 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play attempts in this matchup but didn't score a goal.
The Canadiens are sitting with 123 goals at even strength and 29 goals (28th in the NHL) while on the power play. Montreal has taken 1,582 shots (30th in the league) and has a shot percentage of 9.61%, while allowing their opponents 1,938 shots. Over the course of the season, the Montreal Canadiens have notched a total of 152 goals, 52 points, and a points percentage of .456. They have allowed 207 goals to be scored by of a combination of 154 goals at even strength and 53 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have earned 174 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 16.67%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 73.63% on their opponents 201 power play chances, and their save percentage is 89.3%.
Across the ice you are going to see Jake Allen defending the net. Allen holds a career mark of 180-144-37 and has been in goal for 385 games. Allen's quality start percentage is 52.3% and he has accumulated 191 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He has compiled 9,702 stops out of the 10,668 shots tried, giving him a save % of .909. His opposition is averaging 2.67 goals per contest and he has allowed 966 goals overall. He has started in 365 games and has racked up 21,678 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Ottawa (-188)
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