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Toronto vs Ottawa NHL Point Spread Odds And Prediction

Toronto vs Ottawa NHL Point Spread Odds And Prediction

Can Ottawa Stay Hot?

This is the first time all season that the Ottawa Senators have won four in five, and a win in Toronto on Saturday night would give them only their 2nd three-game win streak of the entire campaign. That previous streak came back during the first few weeks of the season when they beat Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton, all on the West Coast, and that run does have at least one parallel to this current run of good play: Ottawa's scoring goals.

During that three-game winning streak out west, Ottawa managed to score six goals against both Calgary and Edmonton, and squeaked out a 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks to get things started. Well, this run of four wins in five outings has Ottawa scoring an average of 3.75 goals in their four wins, while they only managed a single tally in their one loss. The "good" Ottawa offense is going to have to show up in Toronto if they want to make it three of four over the Leafs this year as Toronto is no slouch offensively either.

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Ottawa Senators Vs Toronto Maple Leafs Odds

Ottawa (TBA) Vs Toronto (TBA): Total: 6

The three games between these Ontario rivals have all gone "over" the total as each game as had at least seven goals scored. Given that both teams enter this meeting on winning streaks, chances are many bettors are going to expect more of the same in this contest. But winning streaks tend to be protected in the sense that teams prefer to be more defensive-minded from the get-go and adjust to what their opponent is doing, thus I'm not looking for this game to be the fourth straight high-scoring game between these two this year. 

Ottawa Vs Toronto Selection: Under 6 Goals (TBA)

Ottawa may be off consecutive games of scoring 4+ goals, but both of those were at home. Four of the Senators last five games have cashed 'under' tickets, and with the Leafs not having the desired success against a bottom-feeder like the Sens this year (1-2 SU vs. Ottawa), now's the perfect time for Toronto to change up strategies a bit and employ a more defensive-minded mindset. After all, Toronto is 8-0 to the 'under' after allowing two goals or less in their last outing, a feat they accomplished vs. Nashville on Wednesday. 

Furthermore, Toronto has been a specatcualr bet to the 'under' since the calendar flipped to 2018 as they are 3-12-1 O/U in their last 15 games overall, including 2-7-1 O/U in their last 10 at home. This team knows the scoring talent will always be there for this roster, but it appears as though 2+ years of coach Mike Babcock hounding them to improve on defense is finally starting to sink in and show some results. If Toronto wants to be taken as a legit contender come playoff time, they've got to start taking care of business against an overall "bad" team like the Sens. To do that, it means relying on their strong defensive play of late as this will be the first Ottawa/Toronto game that cashes an 'under' ticket in the 2017-18 season.

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