NHL Picks: Expect High Scoring Game when Senators Host Canucks

SBR Staff

Thursday, November 12, 2015 8:51 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 8:51 PM UTC

The Canucks come in off a win vs. Columbus, which snapped their brief three game losing streak, while the Ottawa Senators come in off a wild 7-5 loss at Nashville.

Vancouver Canucks (7-4-5 SU, 8-8 PL, 7-5-4 OU) vs Ottawa Senators (7-5-1-2 SU, 4-11 PL, 7-8-0 OU)

When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 12, 2015

Where: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario

Lines: -125

Total: 5.5


Vancouver Keeps Columbus Winless At Home
Tuesday night the Vancouver Canucks traveled to Columbus, Ohio to face a team that was searching for their first home win of the season and the Blue Jackets are still looking for that win after Vancouver beat them 5-3. Many heroes showed up in this one as Henrik Sedin scored two goals in the game, Brandon Sutter got the tie breaking goal in the third period and Jannik Hansen had a career high four points. Game pucks all around.

Another hero in the game was goalie Jacob Markstrom, who was making his first start of the year and while he allowed three goals in the game, he also stopped 42 shots as well. He missed time in the early part of the year due to a hamstring injury. Back in goal for this one should be Ryan Miller, who is 5-9 with a 2.32 GAA on the year, while vs the Senators he is 17-23 with a 2.61 GAA. Vancouver checks in at 7th in the league in scoring (2.9 gpg) and 11th in goals allowed (2.4 gpg).


Ottawa Loses Wild Game In Nashville
It truly was a wild game that was being played in Nashville on Tuesday night. The Ottawa Senators jumped out to the 3-1 lead after the first period and then in the second period Nashville scored three goals in two and a half minutes to grab a 4-3 lead. Ottawa then countered with two goals in the final 10:28 of the second period to go up on top 5-4. The third period was all Nashville as they scored the final three goals in the game. Zack Smithscored twice in the game, with both goals coming in the first period and he now has four goals on the year for the 8th ranked scoring offense in the league.

Giving up all seven goals in the game for the Senators was Craig Anderson, who is now 6-5 on the year with a 3.12 GAA. It was his 3rd game out of his last five that he allowed four or more goals in a game. Coming off that game and the fact that he is 5-13 with a 3.44 GAA vs the Canucks in his career, Ottawa may not want to start him here. Andrew Hammond has never faced Vancouver and may get a crack here.


Vancouver is: The Over is 5-0-4 in their last nine overall The Over is 4–10 in their last five road games

Ottawa is: The Over is 20-7 in their last 27 vs. Pacific The over is 35-17-3 in their last 55 vs. Western Conference


Let’s also note that the Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings. Ottawahas a top eight scoring offense, but they give up a lot of goals, allowing 3.1 gpg, which is 27th in the league. Vancouver comes in with the 7th best scoring offense in the league and Ryan Miller has allowed 10 goals over his last three starts. Should Craig Anderson get the start here then the play will be a bigger one. Still no matter who is in goal for the Canucks, I expect it to be a high scoring game.

NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at 5Dimes

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