Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens - 4/3/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens - 4/3/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (16-8-9) vs Ottawa Senators (12-21-4)

Game Info: Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -225 / Ottawa Senators +188 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.

The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brady Tkachuk leads Ottawa with 11 goals, Thomas Chabot has 17 assists and Drake Batherson has 78 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has allowed 73 goals on 608 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 31 goals on 220 shots.

The Montreal Canadiens look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 18 goals, Jonathan Douin has 19 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 55 goals on 584 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 27 goals on 347 shots.

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The Senators are 11-42 in their last 53 road games and 21-49 in their last 70 overall. The Canadiens are 13-6 in their last 19 Saturday games and 2-7 in their last 9 games following a win. The under is 6-0 in Senators last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 games following a win. The Senators are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Montreal and 6-15 in the last 21 meetings. The favorite is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

The Ottawa Senators are a tough sell in their current form, especially with the defense getting bashed on a nightly basis. The Montreal Canadiens haven't lived up to the hype of the lines oddsmakers throw out with this club, but they have strung together some nice wins lately and it feels like a run could be coming sooner or later. The Habs have beaten the Senators twice recently by a combined score of 7-2. I don't want much to do with the Senators right now. Give me the Canadiens and the PL for max betting value.

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Randy’s Pick Montreal Canadiens -1.5

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