Ottawa Senators (16-26-4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (18-18-3)
The Ottawa Senators will be looking for their third straight victory when they take on the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Ottawa knocked off Calgary on Monday, 4-2. That moved the team to 3-1-0 over their last four games. Vancouver spent three weeks off the ice because of Covid-19 concerns, but have won each of their last two games since returning to the ice, including a 6-3 victory over Toronto on Tuesday.
The Canucks are favored at -149 while the odds for Ottawa are set at +130. Vancouver has dominated Ottawa of late, winning nine of the last 10 games, including five straight. The Senators are 1-6-3 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.
Murray Sharp in Senators VictoryMatt Murray stopped 26 of 28 shots to lead Ottawa to a 4-2 victory over Calgary on Monday. Ottawa got two goals from Connor Brown, including a shorthanded goal that put the Senators on top for good. Ottawa also added a power-play goal by Josh Norris.
"He's won us these games."— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) April 20, 2021
"He's been the backbone the last couple of games."
There's been lots of praise for Matt Murray since his return from injury ⬇️ #GoSensGo
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Ottawa is 22nd in goals per game at 2.70 and is last in the NHL in goals allowed per game at 3.59. They are 22nd in shooting percentage at 8.8%. The power-play is 26th at 16.7% in the penalty-killing unit is 23rd at 77.5%.
Murray was out for over a month but has been sharp since returning, allowing five total goals in three starts. Murray is 9-13-1 with a 3.55 GAA and a .888 save percentage.
With a goal on Monday, Norris is now tied for the team lead in points with 29. Brown moved to the top of the team list in goals scored with 16 and he has 27 points overall. Brady Tkachuk is second in goals (15) and first in points with 29. Forward Austin Watson will be out until late April with a hand injury.
Canucks Rally to Down Maple LeafsVancouver twice trailed Toronto by a goal but battled back each time thanks to a pair of power-play goals in a 6-3 victory over the Maple Leafs. Brandon Sutter scored two goals and Quinn Hughes had a goal and two assists to lead the Vancouver offense. Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller each had two assists for the victorious Canucks. Braden Holtby stopped 37 of 40 shots to earn the victory.
Vancouver is 21st in goals per game at 2.72 and is 25th in goals allowed at 3.18. They are 21st in shooting percentage at 9.1%. The power-play is 16th at 20.2% and the penalty-killing 21st at 78.0%.
With Thatcher Demko still out, it will continue to be Braden Holtby between the pipes. Holtby is 6-6-2 with a 3.14 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He has allowed five total goals over his last two starts after allowing four goals in each of the prior three appearances.
Boeser leads the Canucks in scoring with 36 points. He is also the team leader in goals with 16. Miller has 31 points as does Hughes, who leads the team with 28 assists. Alexander Edler is suspended for this contest. Antoine Roussel is listed as questionable.
- 8-21 in their last 29 games on a Thursday.
- 17-41 in their last 58 games following a victory.
- 18-57 in their last 75 games on the road.
- 5-0 in their last five games against teams with a winning percentage of less than 40%.
- 6-2 in their last eight games as the favorite.
- 9-4 in their last 13 games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
It is not often that a game between Vancouver and Ottawa pits two teams that are playing well. These have been two struggling franchises over the last few seasons, especially the Senators, but both come in playing pretty good hockey. In fact, Vancouver has looked very good after their extended break.
The big factor in this contest is that the Canucks have absolutely dominated between these teams. Vancouver is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings and has won five straight in Vancouver. The Senators have had no answers for them, and I expect that to be the case here as well.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total for this contest is set at 6.0. Because of how well both Holtby and Murray have been playing of late, the under looks like the smart pick year. These teams have gone under in four straight meetings. Plus, the Canucks have gone under in four straight games against teams with a winning percentage of less than 40% and have gone under in nine of their last 13 overall.
I think the under proves to be the smart pick because of the goaltending matchup. Take the Canucks to win, 3-1.