Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators NHL Preview and Free Pick
The Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators resume their best-of-seven matchup in the opening round of this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs this Wednesday with Montreal holding a dominant 3-0 series lead. The puck is set to drop at the Canadian Tire Centre at 7 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on USA.
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Montreal has already battled its way through three tough one-goal victories in this series, but the end result has been the same in all three contests and that is all that counts. The Canadiens won their first two games at home as -140 favorites by the scores of 4-3 and 3-2 and this past Sunday, they went on the road and came away with the 2-1 victory in overtime as slight +105 underdogs. The total in this series has been evenly split across the board at 1-1-1.
Ottawa took the early 1-0 lead in Game 1, but Montreal responded with four goals in the second period. In Game 2 last Friday, the Canadiens were once again down a goal at the end of the first period and this time they needed overtime to get the 3-2 win. For the third-straight game, Montreal gave up the first goal and for the second-straight time it sealed the deal in the first extra period. This kind of resilience has paid major dividends for a team that led the NHL this season in goals allowed (2.2). Carey Price has started all three games in goal and he has posted a .939 save percentage against 98 shots on goal.
The Senators have not been able to do anything with three fast starts to put themselves on the brink of elimination. They came into this series in solid form with six victories in their last seven regular season games by holding their opponents to an average of just 1.7 goals per game, but they have allowed a grand total of nine goals in the three games against Montreal. The total stayed UNDER in five of those final seven contests in the regular season.
Ottawa finished the regular season ranked ninth in the NHL in scoring with 2.8 goals per game, but this average has dropped to 2.0 in this series. You cannot pin any blame on defenseman Erik Karlsson for his team's current predicament with three assists in this series and left winger Clarke MacArthur has punched in two goals. Both Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond have spent time between the pipes in the first three games, with Anderson posting the better numbers of the two behind a GAA of 1.74 and a .959 save percentage against 49 total shots faced.
The Canadiens are a perfect 7-0 in their last seven games in the opening round of the playoffs and they are 35-17 in their last 52 games following a win. The total has gone 3-1-4 in their last eight road games.
The Senators are 7-3 in their last 10 home games against a team that has a winning record on the road and they are 11-4 in their last 15 games at home overall. The total has gone OVER in 20 of their last 31 home games.
The home team has won five of the last seven meetings and the total has gone OVER in seven of the last 11 games. Ottawa had won the regular season series 3-1 before losing three straight to Montreal.
Montreal at Ottawa Game 4 Pick
Even though Ottawa will most likely lose this series, it is still going to be a tall task for Montreal to pull-off the four-game sweep on the road against such a closely matched division opponent. Stick with the Senators to salvage a tight win on Wednesday night to keep this series alive.