NHL Canadian Teams At Home Highlights Thursday's Action
Ottawa Hosts Pens For 1st Time Since Conference Finals
The Ottawa Senators are slight home underdogs on Thursday as they get to square off with a Pittsburgh Penguins team that eliminated them from last year's postseason.
Not only did Pittsburgh survive and advance, that series was the Eastern Conference Finals and the winner got to play for the Stanley Cup. It's heartbreaking for teams - and often takes longer then the entire summer to get over - to lose when they are that close to playing for a championship, so expect the Senators to be plenty motivated on Thursday.
Whether or not Ottawa can translate that motivation and memories of last year's disappointment remains to be seen, but as a small home dog it's tough to not like their price tag here.
The Senators have had plenty of rest having played only two games since November 4th (albeit both were over in Sweden), and the Penguins defence is a little shaky right now having allowed at least 4+ goals in their last three games and four of their last five. The Ottawa Senators on the ML is definitely a play you'll want to have in your pocket on Thursday.
Can You Trust Montreal As -180ish Favorites?
Montreal has alternated wins with losses over their past four games and host a bad Arizona team on Thursday night. Current odds have Montreal as -180 (or higher) home favorites for this game as they still likely ride with Charlie Lindgren in net.
Arizona has been an auto-fade for most bettors this year as they've only won twice in first 20 games, but as the odds on the Coyotes continue to climb with each passing game, eventually bettors swallowing all that chalk are going to get burned. Will tonight be one of those nights?
Vancouver Hosts Vegas As Sizeable Home Favorites
The Canucks have surprised everyone so far this year with their strong play, and they were able to salvage one win in California when they came back and beat the Kings 3-2 on Tuesday night.
A 2-2 SU road trip given the opponents Vancouver had was a huge win for this team, but now they briefly return home with high expectations thrust on them against a Las Vegas team that just got beaten up badly in Edmonton. The Knights are coming off an 8-2 drubbing against the Oilers and although they are an expansion team and were expected to struggle this year, there comes a point where professional pride has to kick in for the players and they decide to show up and play their best.
Typically those spots occur right after an embarrassing loss, and with Vegas in that spot on Thursday and the Canucks arguably still getting a bit too much respect in lieu of their preseason projections, Canucks fans may end up going home disappointed on Thursday evening.
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