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On Tuesday night, the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings will meet up at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. Faceoff is set for 7:30 P.M ET. In their last four meetings, the two teams have split with two wins apiece. The two teams are tied for the least points in the Eastern Conference.
Sens Playing Well RecentlyThe start of the 2019-20 season was a nightmare for Ottawa. They posted a 1-6-1 record in their first eight games, putting them in a big-time hole that would be tough to get out of. Almost a month later, they have nearly gotten out of it, however. Ottawa currently has gone 7-4-0 ever since but still are tied for the least points in the Eastern Conference (17).
“We were in it the whole game, we didn’t give up…as long as we bring a full 60 minutes everything will be alright.”— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 18, 2019
Vladislav Namestnikov and the #Sens look to draw on some positives from the last game as they get set to take on the Red Wings tomorrow night. pic.twitter.com/Z21FZTV0DM
Offensively, the Sens rank 23rd in the league with 2.75 goals per game. Diving a bit deeper, they rank 15th in the month of November (2.89 gpg), further displaying the hole they put themselves in off the bat. On the other side, they rank 20th in the NHL with 3.25 goals against per game, and 20th in the month of November (3.22).
Anders Nilsson is slated to be in goal on Tuesday for the Sens. He has played much better than top goalie Craig Anderson this year, winning four of his last five starts with a .932 SV% and just 10 goals allowed.
Wings in the East BasementIf anyone can sympathize with Ottawa's struggles this season it's the Detroit Red Wings. The two teams are currently tied for the least points in the Eastern Conference (17) except Detroit started hot (3-1-0) before falling apart. In their last 18 games, they have posted a 4-11-3 record.
The Red Wings are the worst team in the league on both sides of the ice. Offensively they rank 31st with 2.32 goals per game. On the other side, they also rank 31st in the NHL with a disappointing 3.68 goals against per game. This month, specifically, the numbers are nearly the same (2.33 GF/G) and (3.89 GA/G).
Longtime Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is slated to be in goal on Tuesday against Ottawa. This season, that's normally spelled trouble for the team. He has a 2-8-1 record in 11 starts and hasn't won a start since October. Of the 49 qualified NHL goalies, Howard ranks 46th in SV% (.884) and dead-last in GAA (3.86).
- 4-1 in their last 5 games with Nilsson starting.
- 7-15 in their last 22 games overall.
- 0-4 in their last 4 games with Howard starting.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a great spot for the Senators on Tuesday. The goalie they have in net, Anders Nilsson, has been red-hot recently, allowing just 10 goals in his last five starts while posting a 4-1 record. What's more, he has a .932 SV% during this stretch. Against a team with the worst offense in the NHL, expect Nilsson to continue his hot streak. On the flip side, Wings goalie Jimmy Howard has allowed 16 goals in his last four games (5.33 GAA) while posting a putrid .812 SV%.
Prediction: Ottawa Senators +110
Full-Game Total Pick
This total is a little bit too high in my opinion. Nilsson has been outstanding for the Sens recently and has all the momentum in the world. He's going to continue shutting teams down here, especially because Detroit is so inept at putting the puck through the pipes. They are averaging just 2.32 goals per game this season. On the other side, the Sens aren't an offensive juggernaut but they will be able to sneak a few goals past Howard. Ottawa wins 3-1. Ottawa and Under.
Prediction: Under 6.5