NHL Canadian Teams Have A Big Thursday Ahead
Can The Ottawa Senators Find Their Defense Soon?
Ottawa opens up as a -145 home favorite against Detroit on Thursday, but I'm not sure they deserve to be laying anything at the moment. The Sens are coming off an 8-3 beatdown from Montreal on Monday and have now allowed 3+ goals in seven straight games. It's been 4+ over their last three, and a 2-5 SU record during that span has put an early damper on the season.
To get back in the win column it's obvious the Senators are going to have to tighten things up dramatically in their own end. From getting better goaltending, do having forwards come back and help more, Ottawa's defensive zone play is killing them right now. Until we see substantial improvement for at least a game or two, the Senators are a team bettors should avoid.
Can The Montreal Canadiens Keep Their Offense Red Hot?
After starting out the year 1-7 SU, the Montreal Canadiens have won three of thier last four games overall and it's all because their offense has caught fire. Montreal could rarely find the back of the net through the first few weeks of the season, but they've scored at least 5 goals in each of those three recent wins, and managed to put up an 8-spot on Ottawa earlier this week.
The Habs are in Minnesota on Thursday night to take on an injury-depleted Wild team that's in the midst of their own offensive dryspell. Minnesota has scored two goals or less in three of their last four, and although they are 2-2 SU in those games, if Montreal's scorers stay hot, the Canadiens will definitely be a live underdog tonight. Montreal is currently listed as a +125 underdog.
Can Winnipeg Continue To Get Points In The Standings?
The Winnipeg Jets have earned at least a point in the standings in each of their previous five games entering Thursday, and that five-game stretch was bookended by two wins over the aforementioned Minnesota Wild. The Jets are successful this year when they commit to playing sound defensive hockey, as they've allowed 2 goals or less in five of thier last six victories.
Most recently it's been two consecutive games of allowing just a single goal - both victories - but that streak and their streak of continuing to get at least a point will be tested on Thursday as they host the Dallas Stars.
Winnipeg has opened up as a slight home favorite (-115 range) against a Dallas team that is wrapping up a five-game road trip this evening. Four of those five games have come against Western Canadian teams (including tonight's game), and with a 2-2 SU record so far on the trip, Dallas would love to head home on the plus side. But like Winnipeg, the Stars scorers may get all the headlines, but both of their wins on this road trip have come by identical 2-1 scores as their commitment to defense is what typically brings them success. However, with the firepower both teams have, bettors should probably look to the 'over' here.
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