NHL Picks: Senators vs. Canadiens Game 1

PJ Laferla

Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:43 PM GMT

The pursuit for Lord Stanley’s Cup continues this evening when the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens begin their best of seven Conference Quarterfinals series at the Bell Centre.


Senators vs. Canadiens Round 1, Game 1

Game time is schedule for 7:00 PM EST and can be seen live on television, with national broadcast coverage provided by the NBC Sports Network. Let's evaluate the NHL odd to make the best decision with how to place our money.

Oddsmakers have set a price of -155 on the money line, with the advantage going to the Canadiens. The games total has been set to 5 goals, with a take back of +115 on the OVER.

You can also back Montreal on the puck line, giving up 1 ½ goals, with a beneficial payout of +200. However, the Canadiens will need to win by at least two goals for your ticket to be punch as a winner.

Now, let’s take an in-depth look at each team and determine where the best value lies for our NHL pick in this Game 1 contest.

During the regular season, the Senators were a poor team offensively, averaging just 2.4 goals per game, which ranked 26th in the NHL.

However, their stingy defense, which is the cornerstone of team, was solid with a 2.2 goals against average, ranking 2nd best in the league.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens featured an offense that ranked 3rd among all NHL teams during the regular season, as they averaged 3.1 goals per contest.

They were also an above average team on defense, holding opponents to an average of 2.6 goals per game, which was good enough for 13th best.

And what about the reigning champs? Will St. Louis give them the Blues?

In head to head action, the home team is a perfect 7-0 and Ottawa has lost four straight in Montreal.

However, the Senators have won their final four games of the regular season played on the road.

In the Conference Quarterfinals, the Senators are 5-12 in their last 17, while Montreal has won just one of the last five.

What do we think about the first round playoff series between the Maple Leafs and the Bruins?

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Both teams have been trending UNDER the posted total as of late, with Montreal falling short in 8 of their last 10 at home, while Ottawa played low scoring games in five of their last six on the highway.

One last fact that is hard to overlook is the Canadiens have won an astounding 60 of 74 playoff series when they open on their home ice.

NHL Free Pick:

Montreal, Puck Line -1 ½ (+200) at Bet 365