Senators vs. Blackhawks Odds, Pick, Preview: Can Chicago Get Back on Track?
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- Updated Blackhawks vs. Senators odds list Chicago as a -140 favorite on Monday night against Ottawa, up 10 cents from the opener of -130. Nearly 90% of the money has come in on the Hawks, too.
- The Blackhawks have been in turmoil both on and off the ice all season, but bettors like Chicago enough tonight to move the line in its favor.
- Pat Pickens explains why he likes Chicago to pull it out against the lowly Sens.
Senators vs. Blackhawks Odds
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|Odds via DraftKings and updated on Monday afternoon. Get live NHL odds here.|
If you’re a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks, you’re hoping that a new month leads to better days ahead after the nightmarish, winless October that basically doomed the team’s playoff chances already.
The Senators, who snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win in Dallas on Friday, look to keep Chicago down in the second of their three-game road trip against Central Division opponents.
New Month, New Blackhawks?
Chicago picked up just two of a possible 18 points in October, including just one in its previous four games at United Center. The Blackhawks had COVID-19 issues, including with star forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, and they lost their general manager Stan Bowman, who resigned amid a sexual-assault scandal that rocked the sport and organization.
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner who was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights, has the worst goals-saved above average (-7.87).
Still, November is a new month, and the Blackhawks will play five of their next six games in front of fans in one of the most raucous home buildings in the game. Chicago has just a .936 PDO, including a 6.2 shooting percentage, but is middle of the road in expected goals percentage, .49.8, which ranks 16th.
Senators Could Have Murray Back in Goal
The Senators are scrappy but have split their two road games thus far, picking up their first win away from Canadian Tire Centre on Friday. Ottawa has the fifth-worst 5-on-5 Corsi-for percentage (47.3 percent) and the 10th-worst expected-goals percentage at 5-on-5 (48.1).
Ottawa could have Matt Murray back in goal for the game Monday. Murray leads the team with a .936 save percentage but has not played since October 21 due to a head injury. Led by Murray, the Senators have the 12th-best team save percentage in the NHL.
Senators vs. Blackhawks Pick
Hockey is random and illogical sometimes, but it stands to reason this will be the Blackhawks’ best chance at victory until the Arizona Coyotes come to town on November 12.
If Chicago doesn’t defeat Ottawa, coach Jeremy Colliton might not see that game.
I suspect the Blackhawks will find a way to pull one out.
Pick: Chicago ML (-130)
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