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Hockey odds preview - Chicago vs. Ottawa

Chicago Blackhawks

Ottawa Senators
42-17-15 March 28, 2014, 07:30 PM | Canadian Tire Centre 29-29-14

NHL wagering interest swings to the Ottawa vs Chicago battle on Friday at Canadian Tire Centre as the Senators try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Blackhawks will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 42-17-15 this season, while the Senators are 29-29-14. Chicago is 35-39 on the totals; Ottawa is 42-29-1.View Chicago Blackhawks vs Ottawa Senators Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -147 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 29-rated Senators and the No. 12-ranked Blackhawks, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Chicago was a 3-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Bruins. They lost as +124 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

The Senators were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at -108 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ottawa's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 2.85 goals per game, against a Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.58 goals allowed. The Senators power play is averaging 18.41% while the Blackhawks defense kills off 81.82% of their penalties.

Next up:
Chicago at Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 30th
Ottawa home to Calgary, Sunday, March 30th