The NHL is set up with a strong set of games throughout Tuesday night. Ten games are up on the board throughout February 2. One of these matchups will be between the Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers. These two teams have not had the best starts to the season, but could each use a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN+.
The Senators have opened up this season with a record of 1-7-1, which has them sitting in last place of the North Division. Ottawa was able to win their first game of the season, but have since lost eight in a row. The Senators have struggled to get anything going and will look to finally turn it around in this one. I expect Ottawa to change a lot of things up entering this game.
Edmonton has put up a record of 5-6 throughout the early portion of this season, which has them in fifth place of the North Division. The Oilers have won back to back games entering this one, but this will be their third game in four days. Edmonton will look to come out strong against Ottawa to try and keep this winning streak going. I expect the Oilers to come out hot as they need to get back to .500.
These two teams are coming into the second half of a back to back series. The Oilers dominated Ottawa in the first game, but I do not expect the Senators to just roll over as they enter this one. Ottawa has hit a wall losing eight games in a row and will look to finally turn it around in this one. If Edmonton can keep up momentum though, it might be too much for the Senators to handle.
The Senators and the Oilers met up once throughout last season. Edmonton hosted the game on December 4. Jujhar Khaira and Oscar Klefbom scored, while Sam Gagner had two assists. Tyler Ennis had a goal and two assists, while Connor Brown and Vladislav Namestnikov each had a goal and an assist. Chris Tierney added two assists as well to lift the Senators to a 5-2 win on the road.
Edmonton hosted the first game of this season’s series on January 31. Brady Tkachuk and Colin White each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa, but it was not enough. Leon Draisaitl had six assists and Connor McDavid scored a goal and added four assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had three points, while James Neal and Tyson Barrie both had two points. Edmonton dominated for an 8-5 win at home.
The Oilers were able to attack a weaker Senators team on Sunday night, but it was the Senators who were able to earn the win last season. Ottawa will look to come out on the attack on Tuesday night as they look for a win. The Senators might have given up eight goals on Sunday, but they were able to get the offense going a bit. Ottawa will look to tighten up as they try to get a big upset in this one.
Ottawa has not been great on either side of special teams this season. The Senators have been able to capitalize on 6 of their 39 power play opportunities, which is a 15.4 percent success rate. Ottawa’s penalty kill was not much better. The Senators have given up 12 goals on 38 power play chances, which is a 68.4 percent penalty kill.
The Oilers have been strong on the power play to open up the new campaign, but have struggled a bit on the penalty kill. Edmonton has scored on 12 of their 42 power play attempts, which is a 28.6 percent power play. The Oilers have killed off 25 of their 36 penalties against, which is a 69.4 percent kill rate. Edmonton will need to improve on the kill if they want to move up the standings.
Edmonton absolutely dominated on the power play in Sunday’s game against the Senators. The Oilers went 4-5 on the power play in the win. Ottawa will need to tighten up their penalty kill and stay out of the box if they want a chance in this one. If the Senators can clean up their special teams play in this one, it could help them keep it close with Edmonton.
I expect Matt Murray to get the nod in the crease for the Senators in this one. Murray has started seven games this season, going 1-4-1 in those games. He has put up a .849 save percentage and a GAA of 4.82 so far. Murray started Sunday’s game against the Oilers, but stopped 6 of 9 shots before being pulled early in the first period.
Mikko Koskinen will likely get the start in the net for Edmonton on Tuesday night. Koskinen has earned a record of 4-6 through his ten starts on the season. He has posted a save percentage of .895 and a 3.45 GAA in his games played. Koskinen’s last start was against the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he turned away 26 of 29 shots to give the Oilers a win.
These two goalies have not had the best starts to this season, but will look to put up a big performance. Ottawa was able to score five goals on Edmonton on Sunday night, but it was with Stuart Skinner making his first career start. Skinner looked shaky at times and the Oilers will look for Koskinen to provide more stability in this one. Murray will look to bounce back after being pulled on Sunday.
Edmonton is the better team coming into this one, but I think after Sunday’s domination, the Senators will have a chance to win this one. Ottawa will need to clean up their game as they enter this one. The Senators have lost eight games in a row and that will not last forever. I think that if Murray can have a much better performance on Tuesday, it can help Ottawa pull off the upset.
BetOnline has the Oilers listed as a -220 against the money line in this one. This implies that Edmonton will win this game around 68.8 percent of the time. This line makes sense since the Oilers are the better team and dominated the Senators in the last game. Ottawa is due for a win though, and I think this could be it. As huge underdogs, there is a lot of value on the Senators on Tuesday night.