Matching up for the final time this season, the Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Predators clash at Bridgestone Arena. This East-West matchup will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, and it is being televised live on Reseau Des Sports.
Ottawa Senators vs. Nashville Predators Odds
Nashville (-245) is currently favored over Ottawa (+205), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals (-125 under, +105 over).
Nashville is 30-31 straight up (SU) and has hurt moneyline bettors to the tune of -12.7 units so far. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team recorded during last year’s regular season (47-35). Of the team’s 61 games this season, 34 have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just one has pushed. Thus far, the team’s 14-16 SU at home.
The Predators have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 28th overall in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 32nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.1 percent of all penalties.
The Predators, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five outings at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for 8.8 minutes per game over their last five matchups, overall.
With a .900 save percentage and 25.0 saves per game, Pekka Rinne (18-17-4) has been the primary goalkeeper for Nashville this season. If Nashville decides to give him a rest, however, the team could go with Juuse Saros (12-20-20 record, .904 save percentage, 2.95 goals against average).
The Preds will continue to look for offensive production from Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg. Josi (57 points) has produced 14 goals and 43 assists and has recorded multiple points in 14 different games this year. Forsberg has 18 goals and 24 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 31 games.
On the other bench, Ottawa is 21-42 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 32 of its outings have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, the Senators are 6-23 SU.
The Senators have converted on just 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 21st overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Ottawa’s skaters have been penalized 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 4.6 per game over their past five match ups. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays an unhealthy 17.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Craig Anderson (26.1 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for Ottawa. Anderson has nine wins, 20 losses, and two overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .901 save percentage and 3.21 goals against average this year.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (24 goals, 16 assists) and Connor Brown (13 goals, 25 assists) have been the top playmakers for Ottawa and will lead the offensive counter for the visiting Senators.
Ottawa Senators at Nashville Predators Betting Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over
Ottawa is 0-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Nashville is 3-3 in shootouts.
For both of these teams, the under has hit in three of their last five outings.
The Predators have averaged the league’s fifth-most shots on goal (33.2) while the Senators have attempted just the 24th-most (33.2).
Over Ottawa’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-6 in those games).
Ottawa skaters have accounted for the league’s fourth-most hits per game (28.0).