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Two of the NHL's worst teams this season face off on Saturday when the Detroit Red Wings (15-47-4, 34) visit Canada's national capital to play the Ottawa Senators (22-31-12, 56 points). Detroit has lost each of his last four, eight of its last nine and sits in last place in the Atlantic division with just 34 points.
Ottawa was victorious in its last outing over the Vancouver Canucks 5-2, but had lost each of its previous four prior to its victory. The Senators are one place higher than the Red Wings in the Atlantic division and have 56 points but trail sixth place Buffalo by 10 points. The Senators have lost 11 of their last 15 overall.
How low can Detroit goDetroit Red Wings own the lowest point total in the NHL with 34 and have lost 18 of the last 21 overall. At this point after 66 games, the Red Wings are scoring an average of less than two goals per game. In their last four games played, all of which have been losses, the Red Wings have scored a total of five goals.
The leading goal scorer for Detroit with 18 is Tyler Bertuzzi. Dylan Larkin is the assists leader with 29 and the points leader with 46. Detroit is allowing an average of 3.79 goals per game and scoring an embarrassing total of just 1.97 goals per game. Detroit’s penalty kill is a putrid 74.4% while its power play is just as bad at 14.6%.
Senators look for two straight on SundayThe Ottawa Senators were able to snap a four-game losing streak by defeating the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Thursday. However, the Senators are in 15th Place in the Eastern Conference standings and 20 points shy of the eighth and final spot in the playoff hunt. The only thing Ottawa has left to play for is it's pride and defeating teams trying to reach the postseason.
“It’s Bobby’s night here tonight.” pic.twitter.com/ZO8LFYecSX— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 28, 2020
The leading goal scorer for Ottawa is Jean-Gabriel Pageau with 24. The center for the Senators is also the points leader with 40, while defenseman Thomas Chabot is the assists leader with 29. The Senators are allowing an average of 3.32 goals per game and scoring much less at an average of 2.68 goals per game. The power play for Ottawa is successful just 15.2% of the time and the penalty kill keeps opponents scoreless just 77.1% of the time.
- Detroit is 1-8 in the last nine
- The Red Wings are 3-17 in the last 20
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Detroit Red Wings are easily the worst team in the NHL this season. The Red Wings have lost four straight, nine out of the last 10 and 18 of 21. Ottawa cannot claim fame to much, as their season has been quite poor but the Senators have defeated the Detroit Red Wings in two of the three games the two have played this season. The home team, which is Ottawa, has won 12 of the last 17 that the two teams have played head-to-head.
Prediction: Ottawa Senators
Full-Game Total Pick
The Detroit Red Wings are scoring only an average of 1.97 goals per game. Just that stat alone is enough to expect the total to go under. The total has gone under in seven of the last eight games Detroit has played in Ottawa and in nine of the last 12 games that the Red Wings and the Senators have played head-to-head. In Detroit's last 11 games, the total has gone under in 7, over in in one and one ended in a push