Ottawa Senators vs. Philadelphia Flyers NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Monday, December 9, 2013 3:29 PM GMT

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 3:29 PM GMT

The Senators host the Flyers on Monday at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with the opening faceoff slated for 7:35 PM ET. Let's take a look at the odds and shell out our NHL picks for this one.

According to NHL betting odds Ottawa is a -140 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won 17 of the last 24-games between these two teams. The Flyers have defeated the Senators in 4 of the last 5 meetings between these clubs. These teams have seen 4 of their last 5 meetings stay under the total.

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Struggle Continuing for Ottawa

The Senators just can’t seem to right the ship this season. They come off a 4-3 overtime shootout loss at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. They’ve now lost 9 of their last 12-games, and are a dismal 4-11 on home ice.  An encouraging sign in the loss to Toronto was the fact they outshot the Leafs 50-31, and overcame a 3-1 third period deficit to tie the game, and earn 1-point despite coming up short in the shootout. Craig Anderson took the loss in goal stopping 28 of 31 shots. Anderson has been a huge disappointment with a lofty 3.38 GAA, and a sub-standard .897 save percentage in 18-starts. Ottawa has gone over the total set by sportsbooks in 5 of their last 6, and 8 of their last 10-games. Following tonight’s game the Senators will play at Buffalo tomorrow, and then begin a stretch of 6 of their next 7-games at home.

Moving on Up

The Flyers got off to a miserable start this season losing 7 of their first 8. Since then they’ve rebounded to win 12 of their last 21. They’re currently 6th in the Metropolitan Division, and 11th overall in the Eastern Conference. On a positive not they’re just 3-points short of the 8th and final playoff spot with 53-games still left to play. This will be the 5th of a 6-game in 13-day road trip that’s seen them go 2-2 thus far. The trip concludes on Thursday in Chicago.

NHL Super System

Any team that averages 29.5 or more shots on goal per game, and they outshot their last 5 opponents by 6 or more in each of those games, has gone 45-13 (77.6%) since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. We'll take the Senators as our NHL pick.

Free Pick: Ottawa -140 over Philadelphia
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