Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 22, 2021

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Despite a poor team record, Josh Norris has had a great start to the year and is currently tied for the NHL rookie lead in points with 11. Norris was a 2017 first-round pick by the Sharks and acquired by the Sens in September 2018 in the Erik Karlsson trade.

Montreal
9-6-2-2
AT
February 23, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
7-14-1
Puckline -1.5 +100
Moneyline -240
Over / Under o +6

82%

Betting Action

18%

Puckline +1.5 -120
Moneyline +195
Over / Under u +6

82%

Betting Action

18%

The Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators finish a two-game series at the Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday night with the Habs as heavy favourites on the NHL odds and a total of 6.5 goals.

Canadiens vs. Senators Betting Analysis

After Tuesday, these teams next play March 2 in Montreal. The Habs are back in Ottawa on March 30. The Sens open a three-game home set vs. Calgary starting Thursday and Montreal visits Winnipeg to open a two-game series the same night.

Being an underdog is nothing new for the Senators as they have been one in every game this season and it’s frankly hard to find one where they won’t be considering they will only play the other Canadian clubs. If the Sens faced another bad team like perhaps Detroit or Buffalo, then Ottawa might be a home favourite.

Montreal is 13-5 in the past 18 meetings despite Sunday’s loss. The total has gone under in the past seven.

Montreal Canadiens

At one point, Canadiens were 7-1-2 but they are now 9-5-3 following Sunday’s 3-2 OT loss in Ottawa in the second of a back-to-back – Montreal is the second team (after the Leafs) to lose twice to the Senators this season. Backup Jake Allen got the start Sunday so it should be Carey Price on Tuesday. Price lost at home to Ottawa, 3-2 on Feb. 4. Nick Suzuki (fourth of season) and Corey Perry (second) had the goals on Sunday. Perry was a healthy scratch for Saturday’s home loss to Toronto. Jonathan Drouin was hurt late in the second period on Sunday and didn’t return. Consider him day-to-day for now. Drouin has a goal and 10 assists this season. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their past five road games.

Ottawa Senators

For the most part the Sens have been very competitive at home this season and they are going to be great underdog value at home all year. Brady Tkachuk’s sixth goal of the season at 3:30 of overtime won it on Sunday. He added an assist and was the No. 1 star. Drake Batherson (fourth goal of season) and Josh Norris (fourth) also scored. As of this writing, Norris is tied with Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov for the NHL rookie lead in points with 11. Norris was a 2017 first-round pick by the Sharks and acquired by the Sens in September 2018 in the Erik Karlsson trade. Matt Murray allowed two goals on 32 shots on Sunday. Blueliner Thomas Chabot missed his second game in a row with an upper-body injury. The Sens are 18-44 in their past 62 following a win.

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