Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators - 4/23/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (29-41-7) vs Montreal Canadiens (20-47-11)

Game Info: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators -145 / Montreal Canadiens +117 --- Over/Under: 6 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 20-47-11. Through 78 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 200 times, good for a rank of 29th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 32nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.86 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 31st ranked team in the NHL.

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The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 29-41-7. This mark places them 7th in the Atlantic division. Through 77 games, the Senators have scored 210 goals, giving them an average of 2.7. This output gives them a rank of 26th among NHL teams. On defense, Ottawa is the 21st ranked unit, giving up 3.23 goals per contest. So far, the Senators have played the 3rd 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.

Through 78 games, the Montreal Canadiens goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki with 58 points. He has reached his mark of 20 goals, on a shooting percentage of 10.9%. So far, 40.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 20 assists to go along with his 19 goals. However, when on the ice the Canadiens are --24 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.3 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In Ottawa's 77 games, he has come up with 28 goals and 32 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.4%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 33 goals, 48.0% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Senators are -6.0 in scoring differential. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.79 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Montreal's 78 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 43-33-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-15-1. On the season 62.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 40.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. Coming into this game, the Senators have an over-under record of 31-42-4. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 17-21. On the season, 47.0% of Ottawa's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Senators. Look for this matchup to finish above the line of 6 goals. Although neither team excels on offense, they each should have strong scoring nights against defenses that give up shots on goal at an above-average rate.

 

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