Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Feb 21, 2021

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Offence continues to be a major issue for the Senators, who have scored two or fewer goals in six of their previous eight games.

Montreal
9-6-2-2
AT
February 21, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
7-14-1
Puckline -1.5 +104
Moneyline -250
Over / Under o +6

80%

Betting Action

20%

Puckline +1.5 -125
Moneyline +205
Over / Under u +6

80%

Betting Action

20%

The Montreal Canadiens have hit the skids over the past few weeks – and their anemic offence is to blame as they tangle with the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday night. The Canadiens have dropped four of six since a 7-1-2 start, a slump due in large part to a lack of goal-scoring. And while the Senators have been hemorrhaging goals like crazy this season, these two teams played a pair of low-scoring games in their previous home-and-home set.

Canadiens vs. Senators Betting Analysis

Betting on the Canadiens moneyline in this one isn’t going to return much of a profit – and that’s a bit confusing given how the visitors have played of late. Montreal has dropped three of four since settling for a two-game split with the Senators earlier in the month, and have scored just 11 goals over their previous six games overall. Still, 79 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are siding with the Habs against a Senators team that has lost six of eight.

The total for Sunday’s showdown is set at 6, with the Over at -115 and the Under at -105. As mentioned earlier, these teams played a pair of defensive gems earlier in February, scoring a combined eight goals in those contests. And that has the betting public confident in the Under, with Sports Interaction respondents taking the U6 at a 79 per cent clip. The teams have cashed the Under in each of their last six meetings, averaging 3.67 goals in those games.

Montreal Canadiens

Special teams aren’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to a team’s success or failure – but when you struggle, it becomes much harder to win. And after giving up three power-play goals in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canadiens have dropped to 22nd in the league in penalty-kill success rate at 76.6 per cent. Of course, Montreal has done itself plenty of favours in this regard, having scored a league-best seven short-handed goals this season.

Ottawa Senators

Boasting a 4-14-1 record doesn’t offer much room for optimism – but the Senators can at least start to see positives in recent games. They earned a split over their first two games with the powerhouse Leafs before dropping the third by a 7-3 score; prior to that, they had earned a two-game split in Winnipeg. Still, offence continues to be a major issue for the Senators, who have scored two or fewer goals in six of their previous eight games.

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