According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, this game is considered even, as both the Canucks and Senators are getting odds of -110 to win. The over/under total for the contest has been listed at 5 goals. Ottawa has won four of its last five meetings with the Canucks. Tonight’s game takes place from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Senators are 0-2 to start the season, with both losses coming in shootouts at home. Ottawa has fallen to Washington and Detroit. Ottawa is putting up an average of 35 shots per game while allowing 29 per contest. Derick Brassard is leading the team with three points while Mark Stone is the lone players with two goals. Craig Anderson has a .914 save percentage in net for the Sens.
Vancouver has played in just one game this year, a 3-2 win at home over the Edmonton Oilers this past weekend. The Canucks were out-shot (35-26) and out-hit (26-16), but still managed the victory. Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves in net for the win. Bo Horvat scored a pair of goals to lead Vancouver while Brandon Sutter also found the net.
The Senators have done well against the Canucks, but not so much in Vancouver. Ottawa is just 2-7 in its last 9 trips to Vancouver while the home team has won five of the last six in this series. The Senators have yet to play on the road this season and they have had to go to a shootout for their wins. I think Vancouver settles in at home, plenty rested, and takes advantage of an Ottawa team that hasn’t gotten its bearings on the road as of yet.
NHL PREDICTIONS: VANCOUVER CANUCKS -110