Face-off: 1930, 01/12/2021
Venue: Canadian Tire Centre
Vancouver are 2-8-0 from their last 10 fixtures but both of those wins did come in Canadian derbies and Ottawa also look there for the taking.
The Senators have been conceding goals galore in a run of five straight defeats, whereas the Canucks appear more defensively sound.
We’re going with 2.25 for an away win in regular time in our Ottawa Senators vs Vancouver Canucks predictions.
Ottawa Senators Odds
Ottawa slipped to 4-14-1 for the season when ending a four-game road trip with a 4-2 loss against Los Angeles Kings.
The Senators were in contention heading into the final period just one behind but have had a dearth of late goals this term.
Michael Del Zotto and Connor Brown were on target in the first two stanzas and head coach DJ Smith insisted: “We tried our hearts out.”
However, he added: “We got what we wanted in the third period with the five-minute major but with the game on the line, we’ve got to find a way to score.
“We just didn’t generate enough. That’s a situation in which we’ve got to get it done.”
Ottawa have netted just nine times in the closing 20 minutes of matches this season, half the tally managed by Vancouver.
Looking at the 2.4.
Vancouver Canucks Odds
Vancouver are also bottom of their division but improved to 7-14-2 when edging out the Canadiens 2-1 in Montreal.
Elias Pettersson and Conor Garland did the damage going forward at Bell Centre, while Thatcher Demko made 33 saves at the other end.
After ending a four-game cold streak, Demko declared: “We’ve been playing a better game, just not getting the results, so it’s nice to see one go our way.”
That was Vancouver’s first regulation win in Montreal for almost 15 years and 16 visits, so spirits should be high.
Quinn Hughes became the sixth-fastest defenceman to reach 100 NHL assists in his 151st match when providing a return pass for Pettersson to strike.
Let’s finish off our NHL predictions on this match by taking 7.5 for Vancouver to prevail by exactly two goals.
Los Angeles 4-2 OTTAWA
Montreal 1-2 VANCOUVER
Head-to-head: Ottawa 6-3 Vancouver, Ottawa 2-1 Vancouver, Vancouver 4-2 Ottawa, Vancouver 0-3 Ottawa
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