Canadiens vs Senators Prediction - NHL Picks 1/18/24

Ottawa Senators (15-24) vs Montreal Canadiens (18-18-7)

Game Info: Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators -189 / Montreal Canadiens +150 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at the Canadien Tire Centre. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Canadiens vs Senators prediction.

Canadiens Finally Picked up Another Win

The Canadiens faced off against the Avalanche in the last game and they were able to secure the victory but before that they had lost five games in a row. The offense has been inconsistent heading into this game and they can’t have the offense struggle again here. On Wednesday, the Canadiens faced off against the New Jersey Devils. Montreal on the season is averaging 2.69 goals while their defense is giving up 3.35 goals per game. The defense is ranked 24th in the NHL and in this game the defense is going to need to step up in a big way. Nick Suzuki has scored 12 goals and added 25 assists so far this season. 

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Cole Caufield has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • Jake Evans has recorded at least one assist in each of his last five appearances against the Senators after playing less than 20 minutes in the Canadiens' last game.
  • Cole Caufield has scored a goal in each of the Canadiens' last three games.

Can the Senators Play More Defense?

The Senators faced off against the Colorado Avalanche in the last game, and it was an ugly one. The offense managed four goals, but the defense didn’t make any stops and the defense gave up seven goals. The Senators on the season are averaging 3.33 goals while their defense is giving up 3.76 goals per game. The defense is ranked 31st and hasn’t been good enough. If they want any chance in this game, the defense is going to need to step up here. Claude Giroux has scored 13 goals and added 34 assists so far this season. The Sens will face the Jets and Flyers after this game.

Ottawa Senators Player Prop Facts

  • Drake Batherson has scored a goal in three of the Senators' last four home games.
  • Claude Giroux has recorded at least one point in each of the Senators' last 10 Thursday games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Jake Sanderson has recorded at least one assist in each of the Senators' last four games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.

Canadiens vs Senators Betting Prediction

The Senators defense has been a major issue heading into this game and it’s going to not get any easier in this game. The Canadiens might be averaging only 2.69 goals per game but they are going to get well over that number here. The Senators' offense won’t have an answer, and this is going to be a pretty comfortable victory here by the Canadiens, even on tired legs. Back the Canadiens on the money line. 

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