Senators vs Golden Knights Prediction - NHL Picks 12/17/23

Vegas Golden Knights (20-6-5) vs Ottawa Senators (11-14)

Game Info: Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 8:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights -238 / Ottawa Senators +190 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Ottawa Senators and Vegas Golden Knights face off on Sunday in an NHL showdown at T-Mobile Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Senators vs Golden Knights prediction.

Senators Defense Is an Issue

The Senators defense has been an issue heading into this game and in the last game against the Dallas Stars they were defeated 5-4. Drake Batherson did have a strong game, scoring two goals, but it wasn’t enough with the way the defense played. The Senators on the season are averaging 3.366 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.32 goals per game. The defense is ranked 23rd in the NHL. Tim Stutzle has scored six goals and added 22 assists so far this season. Ottawa is at the bottom of the East with 22 points. Only the Sharks, Ducks, and Blackhawks have fewer points than the Sens.

Ottawa Senators Player Prop Facts

  • Drake Batherson has scored a goal in each of the Senators' last three games against Pacific Division opponents.
  • Drake Batherson has recorded at least one point in seven of the Senators' last eight games.
  • Jakob Chychrun has recorded at least one assist in four of the Senators' last five games.
  • Brady Tkachuk ranks T3rd in the league for multi-goal games (6) this season.

How Do the Golden Knights Bounce Back?

The Golden Knights faced off against the Buffalo Sabres in the last game and the defense gave up five goals on the way to the defeat. Ivan Barbashev had a strong game putting one goal. The Golden Knights on the season is averaging 3.32 goals while their defense is giving up 2.48 goals per game. The offense is ranked 11th while the defense is ranked 3rd. Jack Eichel has scored 13 goals and added 21 assists. Vegas is at the top of the Western Conference with 45 points, three more than the Vancouver Canucks.

Vegas Golden Knights Player Prop Facts

  • Jack Eichel has scored at least one goal in each of his last five appearances with his team as a home favorite against the Senators.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least one point in each of his last 10 appearances with the Golden Knights as home favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Jack Eichel has recorded at least one assist in six of the Golden Knights' last seven games as home favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Jack Eichel has scored the last goal in three of his last four appearances with his team as a home favorite against the Senators.
  • Jonathan Marchessault ranks T1st in the Western Conference for shootout goals (3) this season.

Senators vs Golden Knights Betting Prediction

The Golden Knights are going to get the offense back on the right track, and they are going to put on a show in this game. The Senators defense is giving up 3.32 goals per game, and they are going to really struggle again in this game. Look for the Golden Knights to score at least five goals, and that is going to be enough for them to get the job done. Back the Golden Knights on the puck line.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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