Ottawa's over/under regular season points total is pegged at league-low 68.5 and the Sens are the biggest underdog on the Stanley Cup odds board at +15000.
Let’s just say expectations aren’t sky-high for the Ottawa Senators this season. They’re in full-on rebuild mode and will roster a group that’s largely unproven at the NHL level. While they do have some nice pillars in place like Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot, but this team has a long way to go before it’s a contender. The Sens finished second-last in the NHL two years ago and dead last last season.
Ottawa Senators Acquisitions and Moves
D.J. Smith takes over as head coach in Ottawa and will rely on a host of veterans to guide the young team. Nikita Zaitsev and Connor Brown came over in a trade with Toronto and Artem Anisimov was acquired in a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Ottawa also signed free agents Ron Hainsey and Tyler Ennis.
Ottawa Senators 2019 NHL Schedule
The Sens NHL schedule opens at Toronto on Wednesday, then host the New York Rangers on Saturday. Then they have four days off before the reigning Stanley Cup champs, the St. Louis Blues, come to town. Two days later, the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Canadian Tire Centre. In a way, that tough start might be good for Smith to set the bar high with his team. If Ottawa isn’t clicking right away, the Sens will be embarrassed early. November’s schedule is no cake walk either. The Sens play 16 times in the month with four back-to-backs. Ottawa’s bye week runs from Jan. 19-26.
Ottawa Senators 2019 NHL Odds
Oddsmakers aren’t expecting a big year from the Sens. Ottawa’s over/under regular season points total is pegged at league-low 68.5 and the Sens are the biggest underdog on the Stanley Cup odds board at +15000. The Sens are priced at +688 to make the playoffs. Smith’s biggest task will be shoring up the team’s defence after it gave up 301 goals last season – worst in the league. To that end, Ottawa was one of the best bets going if you liked betting over game totals. The Sens over/under tally was 45-33-4 last year.
Ottawa Senators 2019 Season Prediction
There’s something to be said about the betting value of a team that’s out to prove everyone wrong. Not to say you’ll make a fortune betting Ottawa on the moneyline on a nightly basis, but with a new coach and a lot of veterans battling for contracts, this team could be a good bet early on the puckline. The Sens were actually 44-38 on the goal spread last year, despite their terrible overall record. Goaltending will be key. Veteran Craig Anderson is the in the last year of his current contract and backup Anders Nilsson is a free agent at the end of the season too. So, whoever is in the crease will be in the spotlight – and likely very busy each night. Chabot and Tkachuk look like stars in the making, but a lot will depend on how well the rest of the roster can support them. Can they grind out wins and moral victories against better teams consistently or will a general lack of talent lead to a ton blowouts? It’s probably safe to assume the Sens will be a difficult squad to play against, at least for the first couple of months of the season. Pick your spots betting them at home and on the puckline when they’re underdogs. Don’t be surprised if they play under posted game totals more this season and finish with more than the 68.5 season points total.