Hot Sens Face-off with Devils Defense
The Senators are at home and the hottest team in the league, which is why NHL odds makers have them as slight favorites in this game even though the Devils have one of the best defenses in the league.
New Jersey Devils (34-15-1 69 points) at Ottawa Senators (28-21-4 60 points)
Bovada has the Senators as favorites in this game posted at -115 and the Devils at -105 with an O/U of 5 goals.
The Senators have won six games in a row and now are in second place in the Northeast Division seven points behind the Buffalo Sabres. The Devils are still in first place in the Atlantic Division, but are only 5-5 in their last 10 games even though they did win their last game.
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This season Ottawa is a solid 18-8-3 on the road and New Jersey is one of the better teams on the road going 17-7-1 away from the Garden State.
In their last games the Senators beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Sunday and the Devils beat the New York Islanders 4-2 also on Sunday.
Before scoring four goals in their last game the Devils’ offense had really struggled only scoring 11 goals in their previous six games where they went 2-4 and fell out of the lead in the Eastern Conference.
Luckily for the Devils they have one of the beat defensive teams in the league only allowing an average of 2.18 goals per game, which is the best in the league. New Jersey needs to play solid on defense since their offense only ranks 17th in scoring (2.64 goals per game).
Even though Ottawa is on fire and do have a winning record they have given up more goals per game (2.85) than they have scored (2.70).
The reason the Senators are hot is the play of G Brian Elliot (30-14 2.67 GAA save percentage 90.3%), who in the last four games has a GAA of only 1.25. In the Senators six game winning streak Ottawa has outscored their opponents 20-7. He and the Ottawa defense especially has to worry about Zach Parise, who leads the Devils in goals (23) and points (51).
The Senators have to figure out how to score on Devils’ G Martin Brodeur (48-31 2.17 GAA save percentage 92.2%), who ranks 5th in the league in GAA and 1st in wins.
New Jersey has won nine straight over Ottawa outscoring them 31-16 in that span. Brodeur was in net for six of those games posting a legit 1.80 GAA and he has been the G in all three wins this season.
Ottawa has to play good team offense tonight, as they do not have one player that ranks in the top 30 in the league in points or goals.
Wednesday NHL Puck lines
New Jersey Devils at Buffalo Sabres
This is a match up of a couple teams that are in first place in their division, but are struggling. The Devils have been having trouble scoring and are around .500 in the last couple of weeks. The Sabres have lost four in a row and need to stop the bleeding in this home game.
St Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks
Both of these teams are hot, as the Canucks have won five in a row and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. The Blues have climbed back in the playoff race in the Western Conference, as they are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
Thursday Big Games
Ottawa Senators at Pittsburgh Penguins
The Senators are one of the hottest teams in the league and as of Tuesday they have won six straight. After struggling, big time, a couple weeks back the Penguins are playing well again winning two in a row and going 6-4 in their last 10 games.
Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks
This is a match of the two teams in the Western Conference with the most points, as San Jose has 78 points and Chicago has 74 points. The Sharks are one of the hottest teams in the league winning five games in a row, as of Tuesday.