The second outing of a home-and-home series between the Canadiens (5th in Atlantic Division) and the Senators (8th in Atlantic) sees both sides meet up in Ottawa, with Montreal having won the previous contest…
Habs Win Second In Eight
The Montreal Canadiens (13-10-5) rounded off their five-game homestand with a 2-3-0 record after beating the Ottawa Senators with a count of 5-2 in the first outing of their home-and-home series at Bell Centre on Tuesday. Max Domi (13 goals, 30 points this year) grabbed two strikes and an assist. Jonathan Drouin (10 goals, 25 points) banked a snipe and two helpers, while Artturi Lehkonen (15 points) and Brendan Gallagher (18 points) picked up their fifth and 12th markers of the year, all helping the Habs to register their second victory in the last eight contests (2-4-2). Prior to its upcoming three-date road trip, Montreal has gone 5-4-3 on its travels thus far this year, and sits 5th in the Atlantic Division with 31 points from 28 fixtures.
.@noahjuulsen will be making the trip to Ottawa on Wednesday with his teammates.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 5, 2018
Following 21 starts this season, goalie Carey Price, who made 28 saves against the Sens, has posted a 9-8-4 tally for the ongoing campaign with a 3.00 GAA and a .899 save percentage. He is 23-9-5 versus Ottawa historically with a 2.32 GAA and a .922 save percentage, while Domi, who currently leads Montreal in scoring, has collected three goals and as many assists in eight past appearances against the Senators. The Canadiens are 13th in most goals scored per game (3.07), 11th in most goals allowed on average (3.21), 3rd from the bottom in power play (14.6%) and 16th in penalty kill (79.1%).
Sens Snap A Winning Streak
The current home-and-home set against the Montreal Canadiens started on a downer for the Ottawa Senators (12-13-3), who snapped a three-game winning run after being beaten 5-2 by the Habs at Bell Centre on Tuesday. Dylan DeMelo (3 goals, 8 points this year) and Mark Stone (13 goals, 30 points) found the back of the net for the Sens, who have lost five of their past eight contests (3-5-0), but have split their very last 14 (7-7-0). With a tree-game homestand now looming on the horizon, Ottawa has gone 9-4-2 in contests played on its own ice so far this season and currently occupies the 8th position of the Atlantic Division, having earned 27 points from 28 outings.
The coach confirms that Craig Anderson will start in goal tomorrow against the Canadiens. pic.twitter.com/6l8QwjRRmO
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) December 5, 2018
Having started 24 games out of 25 played in 2018-19, goalie Craig Anderson, who stopped 36 shots on Tuesday, has recorded an 11-10-3 total for the rolling year with a 3.68 GAA and a .904 save percentage. He has posted a 12-12-3 previous total versus Montreal with a 3.20 GAA and a .895 save percentage, while Stone, who presently leads Ottawa in goals, has nabbed eight snipes and as many assists in 19 previous encounters with the Canadiens. The Senators, meanwhile, are scoring the 5th highest number of goals per game (3.57), while conceding the absolute highest quantity defensively (4.07). They are 13th in power play (22.5%) and bottom of the league in penalty kill (70.7%).
- Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
- Canadiens are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although the Canadiens have won seven of the past nine meetings with Ottawa, the Senators have not done too badly while hosting the Habs, winning four of the last six encounters at Canadian Tire Centre. The Sens are bringing a pretty decent home form as well into the contest, having won four of their last five domestic outings, while the Canadiens have struggled versus sides with a winning home record, dropping 20 of the last 27 decisions.
Prediction: Ottawa Senators
Full-Game Total Pick
Four of the past five head-to-head matchups between the Senators and the Canadiens in Ottawa have been pretty exciting goal-fests, averaging 7.5 snipes per fixture. So, do go with the Over in this one, as it has already transpired in 20 of the last 27 home contests of the Sens, and in seven of the last nine fixtures of the Habs versus teams with a losing record.
Prediction: Over 6.5