NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Hurricanes vs. Senators (Tuesday, Feb. 8)
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Hurricanes vs. Senators Odds
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The Ottawa Senators may not have deserved to win their game Monday night against the New Jersey Devils based on the expected goals, but it counts just the same in the standings. The Sens were led by Connor Brown and Nick Paul, who tallied a goal and an assist each, while Matt Murray stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced.
The Carolina Hurricanes had a very hard fought, evenly played game in Toronto on Monday, but fell short in overtime by the score of 4-3.
Both teams will be playing their second game in two nights so we may see some fatigue. They last played each other on January 27th when the Canes beat the Sens 3-2 in a shootout in Ottawa.
Carolina Hurricanes are a Legit Contender
The Carolina Hurricanes have been one of the more consistent teams around the NHL this season and it is rare that you will see them lose back-to-back games.
The Hurricanes have played in many tight games as of late. In fact, their last five have each been decided by one goal. During this span, the Canes have gone 4-0-1. There’s that old saying: “good teams find ways to win” and that’s exactly what is going on in Carolina.
The Hurricanes have been stellar in the offensive end as they currently rank second with a 3.38 Expected Goals For per 60 minutes while averaging 3.48 goals per game. They have really stepped it up a notch this season offensively thanks to the play of Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and the addition of Tony DeAngelo on the backend.
A big strength for Carolina this season has been its goaltending. Freddie Andersen has put himself in the conversation for the Vezina Trophy with a 24-6-1 record on the season. The Canes haven’t announced a starter yet for tonight’s matchup, but Andersen is expected to go, which gives Carolina the edge in net.
Ottawa Senators Finding Ways to Stay Competitive
The Ottawa Senators found a way to win Monday night without their leading point scorer in Drake Batherson. It has been very hard for the Senators to get going this year, especially when you add the factor of having no fans on home ice.
Ottawa has one of the youngest rosters in the entire league, which is why it is towards the backend in almost every statistical category. The Senators are below average on both ends of the ice, averaging 2.76 goals per game while giving up 3.32 goals against.
You can’t discredit the goaltending, however, as Matt Murray and Anton Forsberg have split time in the blue paint this year. Their numbers have actually been solid as Murray has a +2.9 Goals Saved Above Expected and Anton Forsberg has a +1.6 rating.
The Sens haven’t named a starter yet, but whoever gets to go in this one will have their work cut out for them against a very strong Carolina Hurricanes team.
With the Carolina Hurricanes losing in overtime Monday night, I am expecting them to come out guns blazing against a much weaker Ottawa team. That being said, the teams have split games this year and both contests ended in a 3-2 score.
When you add the fact that both teams played Monday night, we could see some tired legs, especially after having a long All-Star break. Ottawa may not be as good a team as Carolina, but this year it has been able to compete both times that they met.
I am expecting a strong performance from Carolina, but I do think this could be a low-scoring affair since there is an even playing field in the fatigue factor. I like the under in this one at even money.
Pick: Under 6 +100