The Senators and Coyotes meet for the first time this season on Tuesday night. Arizona and Ottawa will meet once more on January 22. Both teams have had mediocre starts to their season. They will both look to improve upon their season with a win on Tuesday night.
Arizona has started out the new season with a record of 5-5, which has them in seventh place of the Pacific Division. The Coyotes have won three straight games and four of their last five. Arizona has outscored teams 15-3 in their current three-game winning streak.
The Senators have gone 4-4-2 to start out the new season. Ottawa is in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. The Senators have lost their last three games in a row. Ottawa will look to get back into the win column with an upset win over the Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Ottawa put up a solid performance in their last game against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights ended up winning 4-3 in overtime. Arizona is coming off an absolute domination of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Coyotes won 7-1 against Tampa Bay.
Last Season’s Matchups
The Senators and Coyotes met up twice last season. The first game between these two teams was held in Ottawa. Anthony Duclair scored three goals and Antti Raanta stopped 30 of 32 shots. Arizona pulled off the 3-2 victory in overtime.
The second game of the season was in Arizona. Jordan Martinook and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for the Coyotes, while Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the lone goal for Ottawa. Mike Condon had 25 saves for the Senators. Raanta had 23 saves in the 2-1 win.
Arizona was able to sweep the season series between these two teams. The Coyotes were not able to consistently beat most teams, but somehow, they had Ottawa’s number. Both teams are still in the process of rebuilding to become consistent competitors. This means that both teams can have a lot of inconsistency throughout the season. I believe this means either team could take Tuesday night’s game.
The Arizona Coyotes have been hit with some rough injuries to start the season. Dave Bolland and Christian Dvorak are both out for the season. Jakob Chychrun has missed the beginning of the season. He will not likely play until later this season.
Like the Coyotes, Ottawa has some key players missing from their lineup. The Senators are without Marian Gaborik, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Smith, and Brady Tkachuk. All four players are important players in the lineup and will be missed. Mark Borowiecki will also miss the game as it is the first of his three-game suspension.
The Senators power play has started out the season really well. Ottawa has scored on 11 of their 36-man advantages, which is about 26 percent. Arizona’s penalty kill has been really solid as well. The Coyotes have stopped opponents on 25 of 28 power plays, which is about 89 percent.
Arizona’s power play has struggled a lot to begin the season. The Coyotes have scored 3 goals on 28 attempts, which means they are scoring at a rate of 10 percent. Ottawa’s penalty kill has stopped opponents about 69 percent of the time.
Both sides of special teams should match up well against each other. The Coyotes power play will match up against a struggling penalty kill, while both the Senators power play and Arizona’s penalty kill are playing really solidly. I believe that the battle on special teams could really help decide this game.
Craig Anderson will likely start in net for Ottawa. Anderson has posted a save percentage of .908 and a 3.54 GAA. He has a 4-3-2 record to begin this season. Last season, Anderson finished with a .898 save percentage and a GAA of 3.32. He has been playing better to start this season and I believe he could shine against Arizona.
I expect Antti Raanta to start on Tuesday night for Arizona. Raanta has started the season with a record of 3-4. He has a save percentage of .921 and a 2.13 GAA. Last season, Raanta had a .930 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA. He has been really solid and consistent since joining the Coyotes roster last offseason. I expect him to put up another tough performance against the Senators.
The Senators and Coyotes are both streaking in opposite directions. Both streaks are bound to end at some point. I like the idea of betting on the Senators ending their losing streak against Arizona because the odds are normally a little off. A lot of people are riding the winning streak, which makes the Coyotes favored by more than they should be. This gives Ottawa a lot of value.
BetOnline has the Coyotes listed at a money line of -185, which implies they win this game 65 percent of the time. I believe that both of these teams are inconsistent young teams, which could lead to a surprising upset. The Senators have a solid goalie and have put up a better than expected start. I am going with the road underdogs.