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Predators vs Senators NHL Point Spread Odds And Prediction

Predators vs Senators NHL Point Spread Odds And Prediction

Is Ottawa Catching Nashville At A Good Time?

My Team's Next MatchOttawa Senators

The Nashville Predators will unquestionably be a force to contend with in the Western Conference again this year, but with just a 2-4 SU record over their last six games, the "dog days of winter" might be plaguing this team at the moment. A 3-1 loss at home as -200 favourites against Detroit on Saturday night made it two in a row at home for the Preds, and both came with them laying significant chalk. That's the role they are in against the Sens tonight, so there will definitely be some bettors weary of laying that price.

Ottawa continues to play with a "carefree" attitude knowing that their team is going to look very different in a week's time and it's helped them get some favourable results. The 4-2 SU run they are on in their last six gmaes have procuded some solid profits for their most loyal backers, but a 5-1 O/U run in that span has helped 'over' bettors a little bit more. Only once in Ottawa's last eight games have they allowed less than 3 goals against, and those defensive lapses will be a concern against the upper echelon of teams in this league.

Ottawa Senators Vs Nashville Predators Odds

Ottawa (+190) Vs Nashville (-230): Total: 5.5

Ottawa won 4-3 in OT against Nashville on February 8th as the Sens were able to bounce back from a 2-1 deficit after one period, to lead 3-2 after two periods, eventually pulling it out in extra time. That was a brutal spot for the Predators though as it was the latter end of a back-to-back, their third game in four nights (in three different cities) and their third straight game that needed extra time. Nashville went on to play two more games that needed OT/shootout to be decided, so all that extra hockey and late-game pressure scenarios could be blamed for some fatigue showed in these two most recent losses. 

Yet, the problem with laying the chalk with Nashville here is the fact that they've struggled to keep the puck out of their net as well. The Predators have allowed 3 or more goals in six of their last seven games overall, including that previous matchup with Ottawa. Obviously the revenge angle, frustration, and the revenge angle works in favour of Nashville on the ML and if forced to pick I'd lay the price, but the Predators slumping defensive play has to have you a little concerned there.

Nashville Vs Ottawa Selection: Over 5.5 goals (-115)

While Nashville should do what it takes to win this game SU, I do believe the 'over' is the better option here. The Predators haven't played consecutive games 'under' the number in nine straight games, and after the 3-1 loss to Detroit on Saturday easily stayed below that total, look for offensive fireworks to take center stage here. I've already touched on the fact that both teams have routinely allowed 3+ goals in games over the last two weeks, and the first meeting had five goals before we reached the third period.

Ottawa is 8-2 O/U in thier last 10 games on the road against an opponent that's won at least 60% of their home games on the year, and the Sens are also 4-1 O/U when coming off a win. Combine those numbers with Nashville's 11-5 O/U run at home against a squad that's won 40% or less of their road contests like Ottawa has, and we've got a game that should easily surpass this number once again. 

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