In their first head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Ottawa Senators and the Colorado Avalanche meet at Ericsson Globe for an East-versus-West showdown. The first puck will drop at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, and you can catch the game live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Ottawa Senators at Colorado Avalanche Odds
Colorado (+115) is entering this one as the underdog to Ottawa (-135), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 money on the under, +100 on the over).
Earning 4.2 units for moneyline bettors, Colorado is 8-6 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That winning percentage, the second-best in the Central Division so far this season, is a complete turnaround from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (22-60). Through 14 regular season contests, nine of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. The team’s 5-1 SU at home this season.
The Avalanche have converted on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Avalanche have been penalized 4.6 times per game this season, a number that is up a bit from last year’s 4.0 penalties per game they gave up. After serving an average of 9.4 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 11.2 minutes per outing this season.
Sporting a .911 save percentage and 31.9 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (6-3) has been the best goalkeeper for Colorado this season. If Colorado chooses to give him a breather, however, the team may go with Jonathan Bernier (2-3-3 record, .884 save percentage, 3.63 goals against average).
Tyson Barrie and Nathan MacKinnon will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Avalanche. Barrie (14 points) has produced two goals and 12 assists and has recorded two or more points on two different occasions this year. MacKinnon has four goals and 10 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in seven contests.
On the other bench, Ottawa is 6-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 14 regular season outings, nine of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. The Senators are 3-1 SU as the away team this season.
The Senators have converted on 20.0 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 19th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.5 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s skaters have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season. Last season, that number was at 4.3, which was the fourth-highest mark in the league. After serving an average of 10.6 penalty minutes per game a year ago (fifth-most in the league), the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 9.4 minutes per outing this season.
Craig Anderson (26.5 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Ottawa. Anderson owns a 5-6-3 record, while registering a .896 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average this year.
Mark Stone (nine goals, seven assists) and Mike Hoffman (four goals, nine assists) have been the top playmakers for Ottawa and will pace the attack for the visiting Senators.
Ottawa Senators at Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over
Two of Ottawa’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 1-4 overall in shootouts this season.
The over has hit in each of Colorado’s last five outings.