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NHL betting line favors Coyotes over Senators

Phoenix Coyotes

Ottawa Senators
18-10-6 December 21, 2013, 02:00 PM | Canadian Tire Centre 14-17-6

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

The Senators sit at 14-17-6 on the season; in comparison, the Coyotes are currently 18-10-6. Looking to wager on the totals? Ottawa is 22-15 OU, and Phoenix is 19-14-1 OU.

View Phoenix Coyotes vs Ottawa Senators Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Senators in this one found them earlier as 105 underdogs on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 17-rated Senators and the No. 8-ranked Coyotes, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Phoenix was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Toronto at +100 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Ottawa, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Panthers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Panthers at +120 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Ottawa's No. 11-ranked offense (2.78 goals per game) against a Coyotes defense that ranks No. 25 at 3.09 goals per game allowed. The Senators powerplay has clicked at a 19.26% rate while the Coyotes have a 77.87% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Coyotes at Senators trends to consider:
Phoenix is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 7 games
Phoenix is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games on the road
Ottawa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Ottawa's last 17 games
Ottawa is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Ottawa's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Phoenix at Buffalo, Monday, December 23rd
Ottawa home to Pittsburgh, Monday, December 23rd