Hurricanes vs. Senators to go Under for NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Monday, March 31, 2014 2:53 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 2:53 PM UTC

Our NHL sports betting expert analyzes the game tonight between Carolina and Ottawa. Find out the total he's honing in on to help you with your sports picks to start the week.

Tale of the Tape
The Senators host the Hurricanes on Monday at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with the opening face-off slated for 7:35 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds Ottawa is a -130 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Carolina has won 6 of the last 7-games between these teams, including winning both meetings this season by out-scoring Ottawa 10-4 in those contests. Ottawa is currently 6th in the Atlantic Division, and is 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. Carolina is 7th in the Metropolitan Division and 12th overall in the East.

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High Scoring becoming the Norm for Senators
The Ottawa Senators have gone over the total in 5 of their last 7, and 8 of the last 11-games. They've allowed 3-goals or more in each of their last 13, and 15 of their last 16-games. The Senators have scored 4-goals or more in 5 of their last 7-games overall. This will be the 3rd of a 5-game in 8-day home stand for Ottawa which has seen them go 2-0 so far. They're coming off a 6-3 win over Calgary on Sunday. Ottawa has gone a dismal 2-11 versus the money line in their last 13-games when playing with no rest, and a horrible 1-8 in the last 9 after scoring 5 or more goals in their previous game. The Senators have seen 23 of their 36 home games go over the total this season, including doing so in each of the last 4 at the Canadian Tire Centre.


Under the Total We Go
The Carolina Hurricanes have been the polar opposite of their opponent this evening. The Canes have gone under the total in 6 of their last 7-games. Carolina is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss at Columbus on Saturday. They've seen 8 of 9-games go under the total this season following a 1-goal loss. The Canes have also gone under the total in 24 of 36-games is season following 1 or more losses in a row. Carolina has gone a dismal 6-19 versus the money line the last 3 seasons following a home loss versus a division opponent.


NHL Betting System
Any home team with a total of 5.5 playing in the 2nd half of the season that allows 2.85 or more goals per game, and they scored 5-goals or more in each of their previous 2-games, has seen 32 of those 41-games (78%) go under the total during the last 18 seasons. Bet this affair to go under the total of 5.5 for your NHL picks.

Hockey Pick: Carolina/Ottawa to go under the total of 5.5

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