Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated May 01, 2021

Tyler Toffoli, Canadiens, 2021

The Senators have struggled in Montreal as of late going 3-8 in the last 11 games at The Bell Centre.

Ottawa
23-28-4-1
AT
May 01, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
24-21-8-3
Puckline +1.5 -190
Moneyline +131
Over / Under o +6

57%

Betting Action

43%

Puckline -1.5 +158
Moneyline -157
Over / Under u +6

57%

Betting Action

43%

With five of their final seven regular-season games coming against teams squarely in the North Division playoff picture, the Montreal Canadiens will need to take full advantage of their two remaining games against the lowly Ottawa Senators. An important two points will be up for grabs Saturday night for the Canadiens, who start the night just four points back of the Jets in the race for the No. 3 spot in the division (and a chance to avoid Toronto in Round 1).

Senators vs. Canadiens Betting Analysis

Montreal is a big-time favourite Saturday night after earning a pivotal 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets a night earlier. Yet, while the chasm between the Canadiens and Senators in the standings might make this seem like an easy play, there are a couple of factors working against the visitors in this one. Ottawa comes in having reeled off wins in five of its previous six games, and has won each of the past two meetings with the rival Canadiens.

The total for Saturday’s contest is locked in at 6, putting the push squarely in play. Montreal has trended toward the Over in recent games, boasting a 4-2 O/U record over its last six games. On the other hand, these teams have combined to score five or fewer goals in six of their eight regular-season meetings this season, most recently a 4-0 Ottawa victory back on April 17. Ottawa is 19-26-5 O/U for the year, while the Canadiens are 20-26-3 O/U.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators are fully embracing the spoiler role as they wind down another non-playoff season, having effectively torpedoed Vancouver’s shot at the postseason by taking three of four from the Canucks. The player prop prognosis is always bleak if you’re looking for value on the Senators, but Drake Batherson might be worth a look in Saturday’s encounter. He has been a major problem for Montreal this season with five goals and six assists in eight meetings.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens hope their latest tete-a-tete with the Senators will shake forward Josh Anderson out of his extended slump. Anderson has scored just three goals over his past 14 games – and that won’t fly for a Montreal team in desperate need of goal-scoring as it makes its final push for a playoff spot. Anderson has a team-high four goals in the season series against the Senators, though he has been held without a goal in each of the past four meetings.

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