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Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens Preview

Montreal Canadiens

Ottawa Senators
8-7-1 November 07, 2013, 07:00 PM | Canadian Tire Centre 5-6-4

The Ottawa Senators battle the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in NHL betting action at Canadian Tire Centre.

This season the Senators are 5-6-4 overall while the Canadiens are 8-7-1. As for the totals, Ottawa is 9-6 on the OU, and Montreal is 4-11-1.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Ottawa sat as -126 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

This game puts the Senators, most recently No. 18 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Canadiens, who rate a No. 5 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Blues at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blues at -115 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

Ottawa won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Blue Jackets on November 5. Bettors who backed the Senators at +105 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ottawa's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 3.07 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.12 goals allowed. The Senators power play is averaging 17.78% while the Canadiens defense kills off 86.21% of their penalties.

A few Canadiens at Senators trends to consider:
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Montreal's last 15 games
Montreal is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 7 games on the road
Ottawa is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games
Ottawa is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ottawa's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Montreal at New York, Sunday, November 10th
Ottawa at Florida, Saturday, November 9th