NHL Picks: Canucks vs. Senators

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, November 28, 2013 2:28 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 2:28 PM GMT

The Senators host the Canucks on Thursday at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Find out where we believe the best value lies for this Thanksgiving Day match-up!

According to NHL betting odds Vancouver is a -130 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The game will be televised by the NHL Network. Vancouver has won the last 5 meetings between these two teams. These two teams have seen 7 of the last 9 meetings played in Ottawa go under the total.

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Tighten Things Up Defensively

The Ottawa Senators come off a momentum building 6-4 win at Washington last night. The 6-goals scored tied their season high which they previously accomplished at Detroit on October 23rd. Offense hasn’t been an issue this season for the Senators. Their defensive play and goaltending has been, especially of late. They’ve allowed 30-goals over their last 8-games. In addition they’re 25th in the NHL allowing 3.1 goals per game, and 28th in the league in shots allowed on goal per game at 35.7. The Senators have gone over the total in 4 of their last 5-games with an averaged combined 7.0 goals per game scored. Their #1 goaltender Craig Anderson has really struggled after enjoying a career year a season ago. In 15 starts Anderson has a lofty 3.36 GAA and a below average .899 save percentage. He’s allowed 4-goals or more in 6 of his last 8 starts.

The Funk that won’t End

The Vancouver Canucks enter tonight having lost 7 of their last 8-games. They just completed a 6-game home stand that saw them go a dismal 1-5. In their defense, 3 of those 5-losses came in overtime, but it was of little solace to players, coaches, and the fan base. The Canucks power play has been inexplicably terrible this season ranking 28th in the NHL, and converting on just 11.6% of their opportunities. On a more positive not their penalty killing is #1 in the league with an excellent 89.5% efficiency rate. This will be the first of a 4-game in 6-day road trip for Vancouver. The Canucks have actually been better on the road (7-6) than at home (7-8).

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NHL Super Angle

Any road team that’s -100 to -150 on the money line, and is coming off two or more losses in a row, they have a money line winning percentage of .400 to .490, versus an opponent that has a money line winning percentage of .250 to .400 is 31-9 (77.5%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season. Take the OVER for your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Vancouver -130 over Ottawa

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