Avalanche vs. Senators Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Charlie Grant | Updated Jan 15, 2019

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The Avs’ No. 1 line is borderline unstoppable and Halifax-native Nathan MacKinnon is due for a breakout game.

Colorado
38-30-12-2
AT
January 16, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
29-47-5-1
Puckline -1.5 +120
Moneyline -170
Over / Under o +6.5

72%

Betting Action

28%

Puckline +1.5 -150
Moneyline +145
Over / Under u +6.5

72%

Betting Action

28%

The Ottawa Senators return to their home ice and expect to have top centreman Matt Duchene back in uniform. They’ll need Duchene and the rest of their forwards firing on all cylinders when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Canadian capital. 

Avalanche vs Senators Betting Analysis

Colorado is coming off a 6-3 road win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night. The Avs had lost nine of their previous 10 games before the impressive win as +166 underdogs against the Buds.

The club is now in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference with 50 points from 46 games. The Avalanche have struggled to keep momentum going following wins in recent weeks. The team is 0-6 straight up in its last six games coming off a victory.

The Avs easily played Over the 6.5-goal total in the contest against the Maple Leafs. The Over is now 5-1 in their last six games and 25-21 on the season. Over bettors will be happy to hear the Avs and Sens have played above the total in 12 of their last 14 meetings.

The Senators return home after winning two of three games on a California road trip. They bested the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, but fell 4-1 to the San Jose Sharks over the weekend. The club hasn’t played since Saturday night.

Ottawa remains the best Over bet in the NHL (29-14 Over/Under record) but the Under is 3-0 in its last three games. The Sens are 0-5 in their last five games at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Colorado Avalanche

Secondary scoring has long been an issue for the Avalanche. The top line trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen account for 75 of the club’s 146 total goals scored.

That’s what made the result against the Leafs so pleasing from an Avs’ perspective. Third line centre and penalty-killer Carl Soderberg had a hat trick – including a short-handed goal in the first period.

MacKinnon could be poised for a big game. Last year’s Hart Trophy runner-up has been held off the scoresheet in his last two games.

Ottawa Senators

Matt Duchene missed the three-game West Coast swing because of the birth of his child. Sens fans are wondering whether Duchene and his young family will be staying in Ottawa past the upcoming trade deadline.

Duchene is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and there is no news about a contract extension for the former Colorado forward. The Senators are as small market as they come in the NHL, but they might not be able to afford to lose Erik Karlsson and Duchene in the span of six months.

Avalanche vs. Senators Prediction

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