Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (13-23-4) vs Edmonton Oilers (24-14-2)

Game Info: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators +155 / Edmonton Oilers -188 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Edmonton Oilers and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday night.

The Edmonton Oilers will be out to build on their 4-2 win over Ottawa last time out. Connor McDavid leads the Oilers in scoring with 68 points including team-highs of 23 goals and 45 assists while Leon Draisaitl has 61 points with 22 goals and 39 assists this season. Tyson Barrie also has 34 points with 29 assists while Darnell Nurse and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each have double-digit goal and assist tallies this season. As a team, Edmonton is averaging 3.3 goals on 30.1 shots with a 26.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.9 goals on 30.9 shots with a 78.4% success rate killing off penalties this season.

The Ottawa Senators will look to rebound from their loss to the Oilers on Wednesday. Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk share the team lead in scoring with 24 points apiece, with Chabot logging a team-high 20 assists while Tkachuk has a team-high 12 goals and 12 assists with a team-high 161 shots on goal this season. Drake Batherson also has 12 goals for his 23 points while Connor Brown and Josh Norris each have double-digit goal and assist tallies this season. As a team, Ottawa is averaging 2.6 goals per game on 31.1 shots with a 15.2% success rate on the PP while allowing 3.7 goals against on 32.8 shots against with a 76.9% success rate killing off penalties this season.

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Edmonton is 12-3 in their last 15 games on no rest and 11-4 in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games on no rest. Ottawa is 22-50 in their last 72 games overall and 21-49 in their last 70 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 22-7 in their last 29 games playing on no rest.

I get why the plus money with Ottawa is tempting as the Senators tend to play their best at home and Edmonton well has had the sustained success and it was the McDavid and Draisaitl show in Wednesday’s win. However, I’m going to go with the under here. I think on the back-to-back there’s going to be some tired legs and likely the freshest guys on the ice are going to be the starting goaltenders and will make life hard for the opposing teams in this one.

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