The Ottawa Senators take to the road still in search of their first win of the season when they visit the West Coast to take on Canucks. The million dollar question is whether Sens captain Erik Karlsson will be joining his teammates on the three-game trip.
Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks
Moneyline: Senators -115 Date: Tuesday, October 10, 10:00 PM ET Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Moneyline and Betting Analysis
Vancouver ended last season by dropping 15 of its final 17 contests and averaged 1.76 goals per game over the stretch. Even worse, the Canucks dropped 14 of their last 16 at the Rogers Arena.
Ottawa hasn’t had much luck in its recent outings to the West Coast. The club left as the losing side in seven of its last nine visits to Vancouver.
Vancouver topped Edmonton on Saturday but Canuck fans shouldn’t make plans for the Stanley Cup parade on Robson Street. The Canucks are listed at +10,000 to win the Cup – behind expansion newcomers Vegas at +8000 – on the Sports Interaction NHL futures odds board.
The power play continues to be a puzzle the Senators can’t solve. The Sens are 0-16 with the man advantage this season and a big reason they’ve started the year 0-2. The club finished with the 23rd best power play during the regular season last year and third last in the playoffs despite making it all the way to the Eastern Conference final.
Erik Karlsson manning the power play certainly wouldn’t hurt. The Sens defenceman and leading point-scorer in each of the last four seasons is still recovering from offseason surgery on his left foot. Ottawa isn’t even sure if Karlsson will be joining the squad on this three-game road swing.
The Sedin twins have been the top billing in Vancouver for years, but the 37-year-old forwards might have to take a backseat to Bo Horvat this season. The four-year pro was the top star in Vancouver’s 3-2 win over Edmonton on Saturday night, thanks to his handy work on the dot (15 faceoffs won) and two goals.
Canuck fans are hoping first year coach Travis Green will throw rookie Brock Boser on Horvat’s right wing for Tuesday’s tilt against the Sens. Boser, a promising rookie winger, was a controversial healthy scratch against the Oilers.
Senators vs. Canucks Prediction
Canucks 3-Senators 2