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Sens Triumph In Second Straight
The Ottawa Senators (25-41-6) recorded consecutive victories for the first time since the second week of February after following up last Thursday’s 2-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues with a 6-2 beat-down of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday. Magnus Paajarvi (9 goals, 14 points this year) banked a double, with the Sens winning just their third outing on the last 14 tries (3-10-1). The team has already been eliminated from the contention to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, currently sitting 8th in the Atlantic Division with 56 points from 72 fixtures.
“We’ve been getting a really good effort from each and every guy…when we get that we play some good hockey and we’re a tough team to beat.”
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) March 19, 2019
Goalie Anders Nilsson notched his third win in his last four decisions after making 35 saves versus Toronto. He is 13-17-1 for the rolling year with a 2.95 GAA and a .909 save percentage, and has won his only previous start against the Vancouver Canucks, allowing just a single goal on 34 shots in a 2-1 overtime victory for the Edmonton Oilers back in October 2015. The Senators, meanwhile, are 15th in most goals scored per game (2.96), top of the league in most goals given up on average (3.64), 15th in power play (19.4%) and 22nd in penalty kill (79.5%).
‘Nucks Extend Point Run To Four
Just like Ottawa, the Vancouver Canucks (31-32-10) also notched consecutive victories, extending their point streak to four games (3-0-1) after sweeping a back-to-back set in a matter of 25-and-a-half hours. A 3-2 shootout triumph against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Sunday was followed by a 3-2 overtime win versus the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center the following day. Elias Pettersson (27 goals, 61 points this year) collected an assist in Chi-Town to set a new Vancouver rookie record for most points in a season.
— NHL (@NHL) March 19, 2019
Goalie Jacob Markstrom, who made 44 saves in Dallas, stopping four more attempts in the shootout, has gone 26-20-9 for the season with a 2.71 GAA and a .915 save percentage. He is 1-2-1 against the Ottawa Senators previously with a 2.46 GAA and a .927 save percentage. The Canucks, meanwhile are 5th in least goals scored per game (2.67), 15th in most goals conceded on average (3.01), 4th from the bottom in power play (15.3%) and 14th in penalty kill (80.8%), sitting 5th in the Pacific Division with 72 points from 73 contests, trailing a playoff berth in the Western Conference by six points.
- Canucks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic.
- Canucks are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Senators are 1-7 in their last 8 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Senators are 6-18 in their last 24 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
With the Senators becoming the first team to be eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoff contention a while ago, and with the Canucks still holding a tiny hope to make the postseason, expect the team, that needs to win here more, to deliver. Ottawa has banked two big domestic victories in its past two fixtures, but has collected 18 defeats in its previous 24 away games versus sides with a losing home record. The Canucks, on the other hand, are 4-0 in their last four outings against the Atlantic Division, 5-1 in their past six domestic matchups versus opponents with a poor road record, and have beaten the Sens in Vancouver on seven of the previous 10 occasions.
Prediction: Vancouver Canucks
Full-Game Total Pick
Four of the last five head-to-head encounters between the two teams have finished below the total, averaging just 2.8 snipes per matchup. So, chances are – this one will finish under the set goal-mark as well. Four of the previous five road contests of the Senators have already registered a modest amount of goals, while six of the past seven home outings of the Canucks have all been low-scoring affairs.
Prediction: Under 6