The Ottawa Senators will continue their Western road trip through Alberta on Monday night, as they lock horns with the Edmonton Oilers in the second-half of a tough back-to-back.
Though Ottawa began the year as the clear laughing stocks of the NHL, coach DJ Smith’s group has rebounded nicely in recent weeks. They’re playing tighter defense, and their blend of youth and speed has been giving some teams trouble. Last night, the skill of the Sens shone in both the overtime period, and shootout, securing two points against Calgary. Though Ottawa still sits in last place in the North, they have already embraced the role of spoiler down the stretch.
For Edmonton, a bitter taste was surely left in their mouths after a three-game sweep last week vs. the Maple Leafs. Their offense looked quite out-of-sync, and goaltending issues plagued them throughout. A tone-setting win against Calgary though on Saturday evening surely has the Oilers feeling good once again, especially as captain Connor McDavid ended his mini-drought with an impressive goal late in the third period.
Though the oddsmakers have suggested this game could be a mismatch, the Sens are quickly proving to be a real thorn in the side for the many talented clubs within the North. Meanwhile, the Oilers know these are winnable outings, with crucial points on the line if they do want to find themselves in a post-season spot.
For further analysis, team news, and a betting prediction, continue reading on beneath the current odds, as we uncover the best value in Monday night’s showdown. It’s the Oilers vs. Senators in the exciting all-Canadian division – enjoy!
Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Odds:
Ottawa Senators (+200)
Edmonton Oilers (-230)
Over 6.5 (-105)
Under 6.5 (-115)
Ottawa Senators +1.5 (-115)
Edmonton Oilers -1.5 (+105)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Ottawa Senators vs. Edmonton Oilers Pick:
Don’t look now, but the Sens’ results of late have actually been quite decent. They’re healthy once again, and their blend of speed and skill within their top-6 is starting to find their footing in the NHL. Recently, their underlying expected goal metrics have flourished – and some promising results have followed. Despite some shoddy goaltending from the tandem of Matt Murray and Magnus Hogberg, the Sens can score, and should do so vs. the Oilers.
And while Edmonton enter as sizable favourites, their knack of letting teams hang around could come back to bite them by the time the playoffs roll around. This is an offensively-gifted team led by McDavid and Leon Draisatl, but beyond that this club struggles in goal and with their play without the puck. They concede a high-rate of dangerous scoring chances, and though they have the elite talent to outscore their issues, it is not a sustainable strategy.
Despite this game being played on a back-to-back, expect a fast-paced and energetic match-up between two offenses that thrive in transition. There’s a wealth of speed in both Ottawa and Edmonton’s top-six forward groupings, and that should put pressure on weak blue-lines and suspect goaltending. Matt Murray will likely be in goal for Ottawa, while Mikko Koskinen counters for Edmonton. Both goalies have save percentages under .900 on the season, and could worsen given the offenses on Monday evening.
While Edmonton seems likely winners to take advantage of Ottawa coming off of a tense back-to-back, the better value lies on this game being an offensive explosion. Both offenses will out-perform the opposing defense, and neither goalie enters feeling all that great about their respective game. Expect fast-paced action, power-plays, and lots of chances resulting in goals from Edmonton on Monday night.