A pair of Atlantic Division rivals from north of the border take the ice in the province of Quebec. The Ottawa Senators are on the road as they travel to face the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night. Ottawa comes in off a 4-3 road win over Detroit Tuesday night in their last game. Montreal was drubbed 5-2 on the road by Columbus in their previous game Tuesday night. The Canadiens have won three straight and eight of the last 10 meetings, including a 5-2 home win in the most recent matchup on December 15, 2018.
Ottawa Senators Look for Back to Back WinsOttawa won for the third time in four games as they took down Detroit on the road Tuesday night. The Senators enter this one seventh in the Atlantic Division, seven points back of Montreal for the final guaranteed playoff spot in the division and 12 back of Boston for the division lead. Ottawa is 22nd in the league in goals for as they average 2.75 goals per contest this season. The Senators are 20th in the league as they allow 3.25 goals per game on the year. Ottawa is last in the league with the man advantage as they have converted 8.8 percent (six for 68) of their chances on the power play this season. The Senators are tied for 15th in penalty killing as they have successfully killed off 82.1 percent of their shorthanded situations this year.
#10 to #7 to the back of the net.— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 20, 2019
GOAL: Tkachuk (7)
ASSIST: Duclair (4) pic.twitter.com/2Kc6IkIKZL
In their game Tuesday night, the Senators rode a big second period to the win and look to carry that momentum over here. Ottawa owned a 13-10 edge in shots on goal in the opening period and skated off down 2-1 after 20 minutes. Anthony Duclair opened the scoring with his eighth of the year at 3:08 off an assist from Thomas Chabot. Detroit tallied twice in the period to take a 2-1 lead. In the second period, Ottawa held a 17-12 edge in shots and a 3-0 edge on the scoreboard to take a 4-2 lead after two stanzas. Duclair tied the game with his second of the night and ninth of the year at the 5:00 mark off an assist from Logan Brown. Less than a minute later, Jean-Gabriel Pageau gave the Senators a 3-2 lead with his 12th of the year at the 5:57 mark. That goal was unassisted. Brady Tkachuk made it a 4-2 game with his seventh of the year at 10:22 with Duclair drawing the lone assist. In the third period, the Senators were outshot 16-3 but gave up only one goal to escape with the win. Anders Nilsson made 35 saves in the win for Ottawa, who was outshot 38-33 in the contest. Craig Anderson is expected to get the start here.
Montreal Canadiens Try to Rebound at HomeMontreal was hammered on the road by a Columbus team that they had defeated at the Bell Centre a week previous. The Canadiens enter this one holding the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division, five points behind the Bruins for the division lead. Montreal is tied for 6th in the league in scoring as they put up 3.50 goals a night so far this year. The Canadiens are 19th in the league by giving up 3.05 goals per contest this season. Montreal is tied for 15th in the league on the power play by converting 20.3 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Canadiens are only 30th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully get through only 71.9 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.
In their last contest, the Canadiens played well for two periods but fell apart in the third. That was the tale of the contest. Montreal saw the shots even at 13 in the opening period and the score was even at one after 20 minutes of play. The Canadiens were down 1-0 early when Arturi Lekhonen scored his third of the year at 16:31 to even the score. Phillip Danault and Brett Kulak drew the assists on the marker. In the second period, the Canadiens held an 11-7 edge in shots with each team scoring once, leaving the game knotted at two after two periods of play. Joel Armia gave Montreal a short-lived 2-1 lead with his seventh of the season at 4:29 off assists from Jeff Petry and Ben Chiarot. Columbus tied the game later in the period. The final stanza saw Montreal with an 8-6 edge in shots but they were outscored 3-0 to take the loss. Carey Price made 21 saves in the loss for the Canadiens, who owned a 32-26 shot advantage in the game. Keith Kinkaid is expected to get the call between the pipes here.
The top trends for this contest according to Oddsshark.com:
- Senators are 5-2 in their last seven games
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