With the All Star weekend taking centre stage this week, there is only one game taking place on Monday as the Ottawa Senators host the Nashville Predators at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Senators currently prop up both the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with a playoff place a pipe dream at the moment.
The Predators are only a point and a place outside the Wild Card positions in the Western Conference, having played more games than the two teams immediately above them.
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Ottawa Senators to win -115
Although it has been a season to forget for the Senators, things look a little bit better for them in this matchup.
The Predators have been struggling of late to the tune of a 6-8-1 record in their last 15 games. Nashville’s two wins in their last six games were by one-goal margins over the even worse slumping Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild.
The Senators are 4-2-2 in their last eight games with solid showings against the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets, two of the best teams in the NHL.
The Senators have been a very volatile team this season, which partially explains their poor results, while offering a reason why they can compete with top teams when they are not expected to.
Ottawa has solid high-end talent, they score more goals per game than the Predators, and they are in better current form.
The volatility of these teams and potential margin of error give the puck line less appeal, but in terms of taking a side on the money line, the Senators are looking good tonight.
Thomas Chabot over 0.5 points +100
The Senators have played teams in a playoff spot in three out of their last four games, and have gone 2-1-1 with Thomas Chabot scoring four points in that stretch.
Chabot averages the most ice time per game for the Senators, has a very solid defensive partner in Jakob Chychrun, and is also on the power play with some impressive offensive players. The opportunity will be there for Chabot to get on the score sheet again.
The Predators are in the bottom half of the league in both goals scored and allowed per game, power play, penalty kill and face off percentage.
They have been spiraling downward for the last couple weeks and are vulnerable right now.
The Senators will lean on their top players to capitalize. Thomas Chabot is certainly one of those and has plus money to collect his fifth point in as many games.
Under 6.5 total goals -105
The Under has been trending for the Predators lately, with the total having gone under in Nashville’s last seven games, as well as in their last five played on the road.
These teams do not meet head to head often, but over the past couple of seasons, the under has hit in the last five meetings between the two.
With the Predators' current run, their over under record is now 20-24-5 on the season, including 2-5 on the road in their last 10 games. This is a team that ranks just 18th in the NHL in goals scored per game and they have been especially snake bitten over the past couple of weeks.
Given the Predators’ place in the Wild Card race and their current form, they may play a little bit tight as to not make a mistake. They need a win and their play style should be one that emphasizes containment with a lot of play in between the tops of the circles. This should be conducive to a low-scoring game.
G Anton Forsberg, groin, out
D Travis Hamonic, upper body, questionable
LW Dominik Kubalik, hip, questionable
D Tyson Barrie, upper body, questionable
Ottawa is 4-2-2 in their last eight games.
Nashville is 2-4-0 in their last six games.
The under has hit in seven straight Nashville games.
The under has hit in the last five games between Nashville and Ottawa.
Ottawa has five players - Tim Stutzle, Claude Giroux, Brady Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, and Vladimir Tarasenko - with over 30 points this season, led by Stutzle's 45. Tkachuck leads the team in goals with 20.
Nashville has a player on 50 points - Filip Forsberg - while the likes of Ryan O'Reilly, Roman Josi, and Gustav Nyquist all have at least 30.
Nashville's No. 1 goaltender, Juuse Saros, has a better save percentage (.904) and goals against average (2.91) than any of Ottawa's goalies, who all have save percentages under .900 and goals against averages over 3.25.
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