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#47 Montreal Canadiens -210 vs.
#48 Ottawa Senators 6.5
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:05pm EST
Canadian Tire Cenre, Ontario
Written by Valdis Pans

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After the Ottawa Senators (7th in North Division) bagged an overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens (4th in the North) on the weekend, both teams will face off against each other once again on Tuesday.

Habs Lose Second In Row

The Montreal Canadiens (9-5-3) were dealt their second consecutive defeat (0-1-1) and fourth in the last five contests (1-3-1) after being edged out with a 3-2 overtime count by the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday. The Habs killed all four of their penalties, but were outshot 39-32 and failed to convert on all three of their power-play opportunities, scoring no more than two goals for the sixth time in their last seven games. Nick Suzuki (4 goals, 13 points this year) opened the scoring 77 seconds into the fixture, while Corey Perry (2 goals, 4 points) tied it at 2-2 with 5:25 left in regulation.

Goalie Jake Allen (4-2-1 on the season with a 2.14 GAA and a .932 save percentage) stopped 36 shots on Sunday. But do expect Carey Price back in the crease for Montreal for the following matchup, with him having gone 27-10-6 against the Senators previously with a 2.23 GAA and a .923 save percentage. Price is 5-3-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.88 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Canadiens, meanwhile, are 8th in most goals scored per game in 2020-21 (3.35), 13th in least goals allowed on average (2.71), 18th in power play (19.2%; 10-for-52) and 19th in penalty kill (77.9%; 53-for-68).

Sens Edge Out Montreal

The Ottawa Senators (5-14-1) ended a two-game skid (0-2-0), recording their third victory in the past five contests (3-2-0) following a 3-2 overtime triumph against the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday. Brady Tkachuk (6 goals, 13 points this year) grabbed all the headlines, banking the winner at 3:30 of the extra session after also providing an assist to Josh Norris (4 goals, 11 points), who gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead early on in the third period. Drake Batherson (4 goals, 10 points) also picked up a snipe and a helper for the Sens, whose last two victories have both come in overtime.

Goalie Matt Murray turned away 30 shots on Sunday and has now gone 3-9-1 for the current campaign with a 3.66 GAA and a .883 save percentage. He has registered a 6-2-0 career total against the Canadiens with a 2.11 GAA and a .930 save percentage. The Senators, meanwhile, are netting the 4th lowest number of goals per game this season (2.35), while conceding the absolute highest amount in their defensive zone (4.00). The team is 4th from the bottom in power play with an 11.0% conversion rate (8-for-73) and 24th in penalty kill with 74.2% efficiency (49-for-66).

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Weeks of decent performances, but zero results, have finally started to shift for the better for the Senators, who have won three of their last five outings and have finally snapped a six-game losing skid on their own ice. The Canadiens, who have won just one of their last five fixtures, are -200 favorites to bank a victory here regardless. Still, don’t count the Sens out just yet! If a second consecutive triumph against wounded Montreal does seem like a tad too much to ask from the young squad of Ottawa, a close encounter is definitely not out of the question. In fact, seven of the past 10 overall outings of the Senators have already delivered on a +1.5 puck line, with the last seven contests of the Canadiens also favoring their opponents in the same department. Six of the previous seven head-to-head matchups between Montreal and Ottawa have also finished as one-goal games, so trust in the Sens to hold their own here!

Prediction: Ottawa Senators +1.5 (-120)

Full-Game Total Pick

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The very last seven meetings between Ottawa and Montreal have all gone below the set goal-mark, recording an average of just 3.86 strikes per fixture. So, expecting another low-scoring bout here is definitely a pretty decent idea! Even more so after the most recent five home outings of the Senators had already finished with just a minimal amount of snipes on the scoresheet, averaging 4.40 tallies per matchup, with 11 of the previous 16 road contests of the Canadiens all also delivering just a modest quantity of goals.

Prediction: Under 5.5

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