2021-02-24
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
League : NHL

Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction & Preview



 

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The Ottawa Senators pulled off the rare upset on Sunday night when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime. The Senators have been one of the worst teams in the NHL this season but the win could spark a turnaround in their season as they beat one of the better teams in the North Division. The Canadiens have struggled recently but still possess one of the more talented rosters in the North Division and hope to rebound after the rare defeat.

 

Canadiens hope depth can end skid

The Canadiens boasted the best record in the North Division for most of the season but losing 4 of their last 5 games has sent them down to 4th in the division. The Canadiens have one of the deepest rosters in the NHL with depth both on the offensive and defensive end that can help them rebound and have been playing great in all facets of the game this year.

 

The offense is led by Tyler Toffoli and Josh Anderson, who have 20 goals combined while Jeff Petry is playing incredibly on the offensive end despite being a defenseman, scoring 6 goals and adding 10 assists. Speaking of Petry, he leads a strong defense and along with Joel Edmundson, combine for 3.2 defensive point shares and 38 blocked shots. To cap off the strong overall play, the goaltending duo of Jake Allen and Carey Price have combined only allowed 2.5 goals per game.

 

Senators defense has been awful this season

The Senators have looked like a mess this season winning only 5 games so far. They have been playing poorly across the board but the defense has been a particular struggle for the Senators. The team allows 4 goals per game and outside of Nikita Zaitsev, haven't seen much on the defensive side. Moreover, the goaltending duo of Matt Murray and Marcus Hogberg has been playing terribly with Neighter goalie being able to save more than .900 percent of their shots.

 

The offense has likewise not looked promising this season with a few bright spots but an overall struggling lineup. Brady Tkachuk, Evgenii Dadonov, and Tim Stutzle make up a respectable top line, scoring 17 goals this season but the rest of the lineup has struggled to find the back of the net.





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