Ottawa Senators vs. Colorado Avalanche Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Nov 22, 2021

The Ottawa Senators' return from a COVID shutdown won't be an easy one, as they're set to travel to Denver to face the streaking Colorado Avalanche.

Ottawa
11-20-3
AT
November 22, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
Pepsi Center
Colorado
28-8-3
Puckline +1.5 +117
Moneyline +270
Over / Under o +6

9%

Betting Action

91%

Puckline -1.5 -141
Moneyline -329
Over / Under u +6

9%

Betting Action

91%

After a slow start to the season, the Colorado Avalanche offence has come alive recently, despite the absence of star Nathan MacKinnon.  The Avs have won four straight games, including a 7-3 decision in Seattle Friday night.  This will be Ottawa’s first game since a COVID outbreak shut down the team and forced them to postpone three games.  The Senators sit in last place in the NHL and haven’t played since a 4-0 loss against Calgary on Nov. 14.

Colorado is a heavy -310 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Senators vs. Avalanche NHL Betting Odds

There’s not a lot of history between these teams, although the Avalanche have won three of the last four head-to-heads, including sweeping the season series in 2019-20.  The Over has hit in seven of the last eight games played between these teams in Colorado.  Sports Interaction bettors are hammering the Avs, with 93 per cent of action taking Colorado in this one.  The total is a closer split with 61 per cent of bettors taking the Under.

It’s been a tough year for the Sens even before the COVID outbreak.  Ottawa has lost seven of their last eight games and they’re just 1-3-1 on the road.  They’re 7-8 against the spread, including 3-2 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in three of the Senators’ five road games this season.

Colorado has been strong at home over the last couple of years as they’ve won 16 of their last 20 games at Ball Arena dating back to last season.  The Avalanche are 6-8 ATS overall this year, covering in four of seven home games.  The total has gone Over in five of Colorado’s last six games.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa has been dealt a tough hand with their return from a week-long COVID shutdown coming on the road against a high scoring Western Conference team.  Over the past 10 days, the Sens have had 10 players and an assist coach test positive for COVID.  Eight of those players and the coach are back with the team, but forward Drake Batherson and defenceman Nikita Zaitsev will be out for this game.  Batherson is leading the team with 16 points (7G, 9A) in 14 games.  Josh Norris (6G, 4A) is the only other Ottawa player to reach double-digit points.  Matt Murray is expected to get the start in net.  Murray, one of the players returning from COVID protocols, is 0-4-0 this year with a 3.10 goals-against average and .897 save percentage.  He has allowed three goals in each of his last three starts.

Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche didn’t seem to miss MacKinnon, who has been out with a lower-body injury and will also miss this game, much in their win against Seattle.  Cale Makar and Andre Burakovsky each had two-goal nights, while Valeri Nichushkin, Erik Johnson and Nicolas Aube-Kubel also found the back of the net.  Four Colorado players finished with multi-point nights.  Darcy Kuemper stopped 25 of 28 shots faced and should get the start again on Monday.  Kuemper is 8-4-0 this year, with 2.59 GAA and .915 SV.  He has allowed three-goals or fewer in nine consecutive starts.  Nazem Kadri leads the team with 19 points (5G, 14A).  Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Burakovsky all share the team-lead in goals with six apiece.

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