Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks

 

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After losing 3 games in a row to the Winnipeg Jets, the Ottawa Senators hope to return to the win column as they face a struggling Vancouver Canucks team. The Canucks have lost 4 of their last five games including back-to-back losses to the Montreal Canadiens. The Canukcs hope that the 3 consecutive home games can help them rebound in a competitive North Division.

Ottawa hopes to improve defensively

After allowing 6 goals to the Winnipeg Jets, it’s clear that the struggles are on the defensive side of play for the Senators. The Senators are allowing 4 goals a game with a defense that isn’t blocking many shots and a goalie rotation that has struggled early on. Matt Murray was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins this offseason and is only saving 25 shots per game while backup Marcus Hogberg allowed 5 goals in the one game started.

The offense has been a pleasant surprise with Chris Tierney scoring 3 goals to start the season. The wing pairing of Brady Tkachuk and Nick Paul have combined for 4 goals and 8 points to give the Senators a dynamic top line on offense. The Senators have also seen help offensively from defenseman Nikita Zaitsev who leads the team with 5 assists this season.

Canucks goalie woes continue

The Vancouver Canucks lost back-to-back games and have surrendered 5 goals or more in each of the last 4 games. The troubles are clearly on the defensive end starting with the goaltending duo of Braden Holtby and Thatcher Demko. While Braden Holtby has been in the net for the 2 wins on the season, Holtby allows more than 3 goals per game, forcing the Canucks offense to play exceptional on offense to win games. Thatcher Demko has struggled, to say the least, allowing over 5 goals a game and having yet to win a game in the 3 games he started.

The offense is led by the top line scorers in Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat, with the duo combining for 9 of the Canucks 19 goals this season. Likewise, defenseman Quinn Hughes has struggled on the defensive end this season but has been a force on the offensive end, dishing out 6 assists.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Canucks should be able to rebound from their skid against the Canadiens and take care of the Senators with ease. The offense should continue to play well against a struggling Senators defense and we can expect Quinn Hughes or Bo Horvat to find the back of the net. We can also expect the defense to start to improve for the Canucks with Nate Schmidt and Tyler Myers leading the way and limiting Brady Tkachuk and the Senators’ offense. Expect the Canucks to win and start a potential hot streak.

Prediction:
Canucks (-149)

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Both offenses have been playing great while both defenses have struggled this season. The Canucks should pile on the goals whether they come from the top line in Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat or in the later lines with Elias Peterson finding the back of the net in this game. We can also expect Ottawa to score multiple goals in this game against a defense that is struggling and particularly, a goaltending unit that has allowed 5 goals in each of the last 4 games. The Over should cover easily with both offenses playing incredibly.

Prediction:
Over 6