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#49 Ottawa Senators 6.5 vs.
#50 Detroit Red Wings -115
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Tuesday, there is a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams as the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings will face off at about 7:30 PM. This is the second meeting between these teams in this regular season and it will take place at Little Caesars Arena.

Goalie Matchup:The Senators will turn to Craig Anderson(2-6-0, 3.20 GAA) and the Red Wings will counter with Jonathan Bernier (5-4-2, 3.17 GAA).

Senators Looks For Rare Road Win

So far this season, the Ottawa Senators have looked like one of the worst teams in the entire NHL. The Senators have just 17 points which is tied for the fewest in the Atlantic Division. This is not surprising as many people expected Ottawa to struggle this season but it is a bit disappointing to see this team show such little improvement up to this point. Their struggles have been mainly due to the fact that the Senators have been terrible on the road this season. The Senators currently have a 2-7-1 record on the road which is one of the worst records in the league. Now, they will look for another win against the Red Wings on Tuesday.

Leading the Senators offensively is center Jean-Gabriel Pageau who has been solid so far this season. He already has 4 goals and 11 assists through 20 games. In addition, he also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +15 which is impressive considering the fact that no one else on the roster has a rating about +8.

The starting goalie for the Senators in this game will be Craig Anderson who has been underwhelming so far this season. He has a 3-7-0 record and a 3.31 GAA along with a .894 save percentage. Last season, Anderson had a 2-1-0 record and a 1.70 GAA against the Red Wings. Now, Anderson will look to continue playing well against them on Tuesday.

Detroit Looks To Get Revenge Against Ottawa

So far this season, the Detroit Red Wings have been one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. After a decent start, the Red Wings have fallen apart as they have lost 12 of their first 22 games in regulation. As a result, they are currently in a tie for last place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit enters this game following two tough road losses by one goal to San Jose and Los Angeles so it will look for a bounce back home win in this game. Plus, Detroit will be looking for revenge as it got embarrassed by Ottawa earlier this season on the road as it lost by three goals. Now, Detroit has its first shot at payback in front of its home fans.

Leading the Red Wings offensively will be right-winger Anthony Mantha who has looked great so far this season. He already has 11 goals and 10 assists in just 22 games. In addition, he also comes into this game in great form as he has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games. However, Mantha failed to record a point against Ottawa in the first meeting this season so he will look to play better in this one.

The starting goalie for the Red Wings in this game will be Jonathan Bernier who has been pretty good so far this season. He has a 5-4-2 record and a 3.17 GAA along with a .892 save percentage. This season, Bernier is 0-1-0 with a 4.06 GAA and a .892 save percentage against the Senators. Now, he will look for a bounce back performance against them on Tuesday.

Best Bets for this Game

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Even though both teams have been equally bad this season, Detroit has been decent at home and Ottawa has looked awful on the road so I will take the home team in this game. Detroit has won each of its last two home games against the Bruins and Golden Knights respectively which is a pretty good sign leading up to this game. I think that Detroit has the better goalie in this matchup and it also has a lot of solid young pieces that should give Ottawa's defense some issues on Tuesday. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Detroit Red Wings

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Both of these teams have terrible defenses so I think this high total is still not high enough. Two of Detroit's last three games have totaled seven goals and the Red Wings are giving up 3.68 goals per game which is one of the most in the league. Meanwhile, Ottawa's defense is giving 3.25 goals per game so its defense has not been much better. The first meeting between these teams yielded seven goals so I expect similar results in this meeting since neither team has done anything to fix their defensive woes. Give me the over.

Prediction: Over 6.5

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Ottawa enters this game with a terrible road record and an inferior goalie in this game so I will take the home team. Detroit has looked competitve lately despite its inability to leave with victories so I have been encouraged with its play recently. Plus, Detroit has been decent at home this season so I think that it should be able to get this victory against one of the worst road teams in the league. Give me the home team.

Prediction: Detroit Red Wings 1P
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.