We’ll be breaking down the NHL Atlantic Division clash tonight between Ottawa and Detroit. Can Ottawa regain the momentum they recently lost, and make one final push toward making the playoffs?
Atlantic Division Battle at Joe Louis Arena
The Detroit Red Wings will entertain the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Bookmaker, Detroit is a -145 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.5. This will be the fourth meeting of the season between these Atlantic Division rivals, and Detroit has won two of the first three. These clubs have seen just one of their previous nine encounters stay under the total.
Two Struggling Goaltenders
Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond was off to a great start after being called up from the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. However, he’s hit the proverbial wall in his previous four starts. Hammond has seen all four of those outings go over the total, posted a lofty 3.50 GAA, and compiling a terrible .876 save percentage. Hammond is slated to be back in goal tonight for Ottawa after watching Craig Anderson start the last two games. Anderson did little in the way of reestablishing himself as the top choice for the Senators in those two starts, allowing eight goals, and posting a less than impressive .882 save percentage.
The Detroit Red Wings are listing veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard as their probable starter for today’s game. Similar to Andrew Hammond, Howard has struggled in recent starts, and watched as backup Peter Mrazek received the nod in the previous two games. Howard has compiled an awful .861 save percentage in his last four appearances.
Senators engaged in recent High Scoring Affairs
The Ottawa Senators have seen each of their previous six games go over the total, and there was a combined average of 7.3 goals per contest scored. They’ve allowed four goals or more in four of those six games, and scored five or more three times. After going on a red-hot 15-2 tear, Ottawa has lost their last three games in a row. Ottawa currently trails the Boston Bruins by three points for the final Eastern Conference wild card position. The Senators have seven games remaining, and have one game in hand on the Bruins.
Red Wings need a Resurgence
The Detroit Red Wings have gone an uninspiring 2-5 in their previous seven games. On a more positive note, they’ve scored exactly four goals in each of the last four games. Detroit continues to hang on to third place in the Atlantic Division with a narrow three-point lead over fourth place Boston. They also have just a six point lead over tonight’s opponent (Ottawa), and still have some work ahead of them in order to secure a playoff spot.
This appears to have all the signs of a high scoring game, and that’s the direction I’m leaning toward when making my NHL picks for Tuesday. Play on Ottawa and Detroit to go over the total of 5.5 at Bookmaker