In what is already their last head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Vegas Golden Knights and the Ottawa Senators collide at Canadian Tire Centre. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will showcase this East-West matchup, which gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 8.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Ottawa Senators Odds
Vegas (-150) is currently favored over Ottawa (+130) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).
The Senators are 6-9 straight up (SU) and have lost 0.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage isn’t too far off from to what the team produced during last year’s regular season (28-54). Among its 15 games this season, 11 have gone over the total, while two have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 5-4 SU at home thus far.
Ottawa’s converted on 27.1 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 70.0 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.0 times per game this season, a number that’s up a bit from last year’s 3.5 penalties per game the team gave up. After serving an average of 8.1 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 9.3 minutes per matchup this season.
With a .909 save percentage and 33.0 saves per game, Craig Anderson (6-8-3) has been the most dependable option in goal for the Senators this season. If they decide to rest him, however, the team might roll with Mike McKenna (1-1-1 record, .838 save percentage, 7.11 goals against average).
The Sens will continue looking for offensive production via Thomas Chabot and Mark Stone. Chabot (20 points) has tallied four goals and 16 assists and has recorded multiple points in four different games this year. Stone has six goals and 12 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in nine games.
On the other side of the rink, Vegas is 6-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 10 of its outings have gone under the total, while five have gone over and none have pushed. Vegas’ 2-6 SU as the road team this season.
Vegas has converted on just 11.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places it in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked eighth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all opponent power plays.
Vegas’ skaters have been penalized only 3.1 times per game this season, a number that’s improved from the 3.6 penalties per game given up a year ago. After serving an average of 7.9 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team has had to kill penalties for 7.1 minutes per matchup this year.
Marc-Andre Fleury (.901 save percentage and 2.47 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Vegas. Fleury is averaging 21.7 saves per game and has six wins, seven losses, and one OT loss to his credit.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Golden Knights will be Jonathan Marchessault (six goals, seven assists) and William Karlsson (three goals, seven assists).
Vegas Golden Knights at Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under
For both of these clubs, the over has hit in four of their past five matchups.
The Senators are 2-3 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Golden Knights are 1-2 SU when they spend more time in the box than the opposition.
After posting a 4-3 record in games decided by a shootout last year, Vegas is off to a 1-1 start in shootouts this season. Ottawa was 2-7 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
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