NHL Picks: Senators +150 Desperate to Stay Alive Against Canadiens | Game 5

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, April 23, 2015 5:24 PM GMT

Our NHL handicapping professional has gone a stellar 11-4-1 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In this betting preview article, he’ll be covering Game 5 of the series between Ottawa and Montreal. Find out who his money line selection is by reading this informative piece.

Senators on Playoff Life Support for Game 5 in Montreal
The Ottawa Senators will attempt to keep their season alive when they visit the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday at 7:05 PM ET to square off with the Canadiens. The Senators were able to stave off elimination in Game 4 by virtue of a 1-0 home win on Wednesday. According to the NHL betting odds at 5Dimes, Montreal is a -160 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0.

 

Not ready to thrown in the Towel
The Ottawa Senators may be down 3-1 in this series, but don’t expect them to lie down and quit. Their three losses all came by one goal each and two of those came by way of overtime. The Senators have received a huge lift from goaltender Craig Anderson since he’s been inserted between the pipes for Game 3. In his two starts in the series, Anderson has allowed just two goals, stopped 77 of 79 shots on net by Montreal, and posted a 1-0 shutout win in Game 4 when the Senators were facing elimination. Another positive for Ottawa has been their penalty killing. Montreal has converted on just 1 of 16 power play chances during the first four games of this series. Contrarily, the Senators have gone a solid 3-for-12 with their man advantage opportunities.

 

Series Clincher is always a tough Task
If the Montreal Canadiens didn’t know already, they found out firsthand on Wednesday, that winning a close out game of a series is no easy accomplishment. Despite winning the first three games of the series, the Canadiens can’t lose sight of the fact that this is an opponent that finished the regular season by going 21-6 in their final twenty-seven games. One thing is for sure, Montreal can rely on Carey Price when push comes to shove. Price has been terrific in the first four games of the series, compiling a sparkling .946 save percentage in those outings. Price has now gone an outstanding 47-23 in seventy starts this season with a .934 save percentage.

 

Final Analysis
All four games in this series have been decided by one goal. The moral of the story is that there’s a fine line between a 3-1 series lead, and being down 3-1. I don’t see Ottawa panicking at all in Game 5, and fully expect them to display the same kind of desperation they exhibited at home on Wednesday. It should be another nail biter, and I’m siding with the road underdog for one of my NHL picks on Friday.

NHL Pick: Ottawa +150 on the money line over Montreal at 5Dimes.