Thursday Night’s Massive Slate in the National Hockey League
Leads off with an Eastern Conference showdown between the hot New Jersey Devils and the young, speedy Ottawa Senators. Let’s break down this top NHL matchup and analyze the Senators vs Devils Betting Odds for this Thursday night contest
The Sens Skating Out of Rhythm
The Ottawa Senators have been slumping recently, losing six consecutive games, with the latest defeat, a 6-4 drubbing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks at home. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 22 saves on 27 shots faced and still looks to be a bit rusty in just his third appearance of the season off recovering from a lower-body injury.
Speedster Alex DeBrincat chipped in with a pair of assists bringing his total in that department to nine, to go along with a pair of goals on the season. Veteran forward Claude Giroux scored his team leading seventh goal of the season late in the contest, previously breaking a three-way tie for the Sens’ goal leader along with forwards Brady Tkachuk and Shane Pinto, who each still have six tallies on the year in NHL player stats.
Should coach D.J. Smith go with Talbot between the pipes again, the 35-year old veteran does have a solid record against New Jersey, going 7-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .918% save percentage in nine starts versus the Devils.
Running With The Devils
The New Jersey Devils are one of the hottest clubs in the National Hockey League right now, with eight straight wins after a very rough pair of losses to open their campaign.
Tuesday night, the Devils held on to beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 thanks to a brilliant 33-save performance by goaltender Vitek Vanecek.
Forward Nico Hischier and defenseman Dougie Hamilton each scored a goal and an assistin the victory. Calgary did manage to score both of their goals on the Power-Play, breaking through this Devils penalty-killing unit, that had shutdown 17 of their previous 19 situations when down a player. New Jersey will now try to pick up their ninth consecutive victory for the first time since the 2007-2008 season, tying them for third All-Time in franchise history in NHL records.
While things have been going well for the club, the injury to goalie Mackenzie Blackwood will sideline him for the next three to six weeks with a sprain of his medial collateral ligament, while veteran forward Ondrej Palat is out eight to ten weeks after having groin surgery.
Senators vs Devils Betting Odds
Sportsbooks have the New Jersey betting odds to win as larger favorites against the visiting Ottawa Senators on Thursday night priced in the range around -160 to -175.
Ottawa has won four of the last six meetings between these two clubs, but are just 2-5 in their last seven games against Eastern Conference foes.
This is the ninth game this season where New Jersey has been favored, with the Devils winning five of their first eight games in that role. For Ottawa, it’s their sixth game of the season as an underdog, with the Senators losing each of the first five contests when lined at plus money.
The total for this contest is set at 6.5 goals shaded slightly to the Over around the pick’em range between -120 to -130. The Devils have a 7-5-1 mark to the Over this season, but four of the last seven home games have gone Under the total.
Ottawa has gone Over the total in seven of their first 12 games to start the year, but have cashed Over tickets in four of their last five games overall.
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