Last Updated: 2018-11-08
Canadian Tire Centre will play host to an enticing showdown as the Ottawa Senators prepare to face the visiting Vegas Golden Knights. It’s the final time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will broadcast this East-West matchup, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 8.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators Odds
Vegas (+130) is entering this one as the underdog to Vegas (-150) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).
Losing -0.5 units for moneyline bettors, Ottawa is 6-9 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to the 28-54 record the team posted during the 2017-18 season campaign. Among the team’s 15 games this season, 11 have gone over the total, while two have gone under and just two have pushed. The team’s 5-4 SU at home so far this year.
The Senators have converted on 27.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 70.0 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Senators have been called for penalties 4.0 times per game this season, a number that’s up a bit from the 3.5 penalties per game they were whistled for last year. After serving an average of 8.1 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 9.3 minutes per matchup this season.
Averaging 33.0 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Craig Anderson (six wins, eight losses, and three OT losses) has been the best goalkeeper for Ottawa this season. If the Sens choose to give him a rest, however, the team might roll with Mike McKenna (1-1-1 record, .838 save percentage, 7.11 goals against average).
The Sens will continue seeking offensive production from Thomas Chabot and Mark Stone. Chabot (20 points) is up to four goals and 16 assists and has recorded two or more points on four different occasions this year. Stone has six goals and 12 assists to his name and has notched a point in nine contests.
Over on the visiting bench, Vegas is 6-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 10 of its outings have gone under the total, while five have gone over and none have pushed. The Golden Knights are 2-6 SU as the away team this season.
The Golden Knights have converted on just 11.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that places them in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked eighth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all penalties.
Vegas’ skaters have been penalized only 3.1 times per game this season, a number that has improved from the 3.6 penalties per game given up a year ago. After serving an average of 7.9 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for 7.1 minutes per matchup this year.
Marc-Andre Fleury (2.47 goals against average and .901 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Vegas. Fleury is averaging 21.7 saves per game and has six wins, seven losses, and one OT loss to his credit.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Golden Knights will be Jonathan Marchessault (six goals, seven assists) and William Karlsson (three goals, seven assists).
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Picks
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under
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After posting a 4-3 record in games decided by a shootout last year, Vegas is off to a 1-1 start in games that go to shootout this season. Ottawa went 2-7 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in four of their past five outings.
Vegas skaters have dished out the fourth-most hits in the league (26.7 per game), but that number’s down to just 21.0 hits over their last five away games.