Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (19-26-5) vs Montreal Canadiens (12-33-7)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators -133 / Montreal Canadiens +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators host the Montreal Canadiens in Saturday NHL Action.

The Montreal Canadiens come into this road contest with an overall record of 12-33-7. Through 52 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 121 times, good for a rank of 30th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 32nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.79 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 10th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 32nd ranked team in the NHL.

The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 19-26-5. This mark places them 6th in the Atlantic division. Through 50 games, the Senators have scored 134 goals, giving them an average of 2.66. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Ottawa is the 20th ranked unit, giving up 3.16 goals per contest. So far, the Senators have played the 1st toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Ottawa's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In his team's 52 games, he has come up with 11 goals and 22 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.5%.However, when on the ice the Canadiens are -17 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson. Of his 12 goals, 0.0% have come during power play time. Montreal's top goalie is Sam Montembeault, who is giving up an average of 3.53 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In Ottawa's 50 games, he has come up with 17 goals and 20 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.9%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 18 goals, 39.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has an even point differential. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.79 goals per game. In his 24 games played, he has turned in 13 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In terms of betting, the Canadiens are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 22-29. However, Montreal has been playing well of late, picking up 4 wins in their past 5 games. A key reason for their success is an uptick in offense. In these contests, they have scored 18 goals, accounting for 62% of the overall scoring. I see Montreal picking up the win as the underdog.

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Joe’s Pick Montreal +110

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