The Ottawa Senators will seek their second straight win when they host the Vegas Golden Knights in an inter-conference matchup Thursday night from the Canadian Tire Centre. The Golden Knights are coming off a 3-1 road loss to the Maple Leafs, and the Senators notched a 7-3 home win over the Devils in their latest contest. The Golden Knights registered a 4-3 overtime win over the Senators last month.
Golden Knights Kick Off Road Trip with Loss to Leafs
The Vegas Golden Knights will continue a four-game road trip in Ottawa. They opened their road trip with a 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Golden Knights’ point leader Jonathan Marchessault was held pointless for the second straight game in the defeat. The speedy 27-year old center has only tallied three points in his last seven games, and he has recorded 13 points on the year. Marchessault scored in the Knights win over the Senators last month. William Karlsson has yet to find his scoring touch this season. The 25-year old center has gone five consecutive games without a goal, and he only has three goals along with seven assists after netting 43 goals last season. Karlsson has tallied five points in 10 career games against the Senators. Vegas is struggling away from home, posting a 2-7 road record.
🎥 Gallant: We played a really good, strong game but sometimes you don't win those games. It's too bad because we played really well. pic.twitter.com/eT3rQdvh0W
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 7, 2018
The Golden Knights will likely give the nod in net to Marc-Andre Fleury. The veteran netminder is having a solid season, recording a 2.47 GAA and a .901 save percentage accompanied with a 6-6-1 record. Vegas has not been able to duplicate last year’s success offensively, averaging 2.2 goals per game, ranking them down at 31st in the NHL. They are playing solid defensively, holding opponents to 2.7 goals, good for ninth overall.
Senators Score Season High Seven Goals
The Ottawa Senators snapped a two-game skid with a convincing 7-3 home win over the Devils on Tuesday night. Mark Stone extended his point streak to four games with a big five-point performance in the victory. The 26-year old right-winger is one of the hottest players in the NHL, collecting 10 points in his last four games, and he is up to 18 points in 15 games on the season. Stone has performed well against Vegas, netting five points in three career meetings. Senators’ point leader Thomas Chabot also had a big night in Tuesday’s win, netting a goal along with two assists. The 21-year old has been one of the best offensive defenseman in the league this season, accumulating 20 points in 15 games. The Senators have fared well on home ice this season, sporting a 5-2-2 record.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 7, 2018
The Senators are expected to send Craig Anderson to the crease in this contest. The 15-year veteran goaltender hasn’t been able to find a rhythm this season, recording a poor 3.56 GAA and a .909 save percentage paired with a 6-4-3 record. Ottawa is consistently finding the back of the net, averaging 3.5 goals per game, good for seventh in the NHL. The Senators are giving up a ton of goals, squandering an average of 4.1 goals, pegging them last in the NHL.
The Ottawa Senators are:
- 2-7 in their last 9 games following a win.
- 9-23 in their last 32 games against a team with a losing record.
- 1-6 in their last 7 games when their opponent scores 2 or fewer goals in their previous game.
- over is 10-3-2 in their last 15 home games.
The Vegas Golden Knights are:
- over is 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am taking the Golden Knights in this one. The Senators continue to struggle defensively and in net, allowing an average of 4.1 goals in their last 10 games, and they rank last in the NHL in goals against on the season. Furthermore, the Golden Knights are playing outstanding defensively. They have allowed an average of only 2.3 goals in their last 10 games, and they are holding opponents to an average of only 24.9 shots on goal per game, good for second in the NHL. I expect Vegas to break out offensively in this one.
Prediction: Vegas Golden Knights
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect offense from both sides in this contest. The Golden Knights should be able to break out offensively against an Ottawa team that has allowed at least four goals in six out of their last eight games, plus the over is 7-3 in the Golden Knights last 10 games against a team with a losing record.
Furthermore, the Senators have scored at least three goals in seven out of their last ten games, plus the over is 4-0-1 in their last five games when playing on one day of rest.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The over on the Golden Knights team total is a solid option. I expect Vegas to break out offensively in this matchup. They rank fifth in the NHL with an average of 33.7 shots on goal per game, and Ottawa is surrendering a whopping 39 shots on goal per game. As a result, the Senators goaltending is struggling as Craig Anderson owns a poor 3.56 GAA on the season.
Prediction: Golden Knights Team Total: Over
Half-Time Side Pick
I am taking the Senators on the first period line. The Golden Knights have consistently started slow this season, scoring only eight goals in the first period in 15 games played on the season. Also, the Senators have collected 17 goals in 15 games in the first period this season.
Prediction: First Period Line: Ottawa Senators