The Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t buy any puck luck, as Frederik Andersen showed them the door with a loss in Toronto. The chances were there for the Golden Knights, but Andersen had an answer for just about everything. The Knights got 1 goal past Andersen on 37 shots. It was the second time in their last three games that they’ve outshot the opposition but came out with snake eyes.
Eventually those shots are going to start falling for the Knights. Last season they didn’t have to wait at all, and it didn’t stop for them, as they kept it rolling until the Capitals said enough is enough. All of the good bounces and fortunes that they were getting last season, have been yet to be discovered in 2018-19.
Speaking of no good luck, the Ottawa Senators can tell you all about that. A group of players were recorded in an Uber laughing about how bad their defence is and insulting the coaching. This kind of stuff happens at all levels of hockey, including other sports so it’s a bit of a non-story as far as I’m concerned. All it did was confirm that the players are well aware that their defensive effort is embarrassing. Nothing they said was really untrue.
Since that tape was released, the Senators went on to blast the Devils by a score of 7-3. Allowing 3 goals is kind of an accomplishment for the Sens, but they still allowed 39 shots on Craig Anderson, so he still isn’t getting much help from his defence. The Golden Knights are on the road for another three games, with stops in Montreal and Boston as well. This may be their best opportunity to get a win on this road trip. They have the Canadiens and Bruins on a back-to-back, which is not going to be easy in Boston. Get our free Golden Knights vs. Senators pick below.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
Craig Anderson’s numbers look pretty shabby, but a lot of the blame can’t be put on him. He has an average save percentage of 0.909 save percentage, but his GAA has been a disaster with a 3.56. That goes back to the lack of defence that the Senators have on their team. Just go and watch the Uber tape for a breakdown of their defence.
The forwards certainly showed up and put on a show after it was released, so at least they found some motivation to try and get people to forget about it. The Senators are dead last with an average of 4.13 goals allowed per game. With 4 goals allowed in six of their last eight games, that’s not going to win many hockey games even if the offence is playing well, which they are.
Despite no defence, Ottawa have scored an average of 3.47 goals per game for 6th in the league. It’s been the driving force keeping them afloat. Naturally, there have been a lot of high scoring Senators games. The OVER has gone 6-0-1 in their last seven games, with all reaching at least 6 goals. Vegas hasn’t been getting any luck offensively, but against the Ottawa defence, some bounces should start to go their way. Any total below 6 featuring the Senators is always going to be worth a look this season.