Carolina Hurricanes To Roar Past Senators

Dana Lane

Friday, February 24, 2017 8:33 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 8:33 PM UTC

Will the Ottawa Senators injuries catch up with them tonight against the slumping Hurricanes? Champion handicapper Dana Lane explains which side your money should support tonight.

Its no surprise that the public looked at the opening number of this one and quickly jumped on the Senators, even with their recent rash of injuries, against the Hurricanes are giving Eddie Lack the start in goal tonight.

So far, over 94% of all tickets written on the goal line and 67% on the moneyline have been on the Senators. You would think that the percentage of bets would push the line in our favor but that hasn't been the case as the money line has risen from -134 to -140 at Bookmaker. Fortunately we found a -130 at SportsInteraction which is why we always shop for the best lines at all SBR approved sportsbooks.

The reason we are not getting the benefit of those wagers is because the larger money have outweighed the large percentage of smaller bets made.

Ottawa is coming off a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils which made the books happy because the large majority of bets were made against Ottawa because people were trying to get a jump on all the players lost for the Ottawa.  We talked about this before, wait for injuries to take affect because the first game will have replacement players who are inspired to play due to their new responsibilities.  It's the games after that when you'll start to see things settle back down to earth.  The Sens will be without three of their top six forwards tonight and this is the time to jump on that. 

This is a double revenge game for the Hurricanes as they've dropped both games this season against Ottawa by 2-1 scores. 

History tells us that the Hurricanes would be in this game even if Ottawa was at full strength.  The Canes have earned points in 21 of 27 games against Ottawa, going back to 2009.

Remember, the NHL trade deadline is March 1st and the Hurricanes have already declared themselves sellers. How does that effect a team?  Most of the time you'll see a better effort than you have most of the season because you either have guys who want to get moved or guys who want to stay, either way, you end up with a team who's players are inspired.

The home team in this series have won 25 of their last 32 meetings with Ottawa losing 13 of their last 16 games against Carolina.

NHL Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -130Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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