Bet On the Anaheim vs Ottawa Hockey Match Up

Posted by Aaron . on March 25, 2016 in

On Saturday, the Anaheim Ducks find themselves north of the border as they take on the Ottawa Senators in NHL action. The Ducks (40-23-10, 90 points) are in second place in the Pacific Division but have dropped two in Canada, losing Thursday night in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5. The Senators (34-33-8, 74 points) are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division and lost to the Islanders in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, falling 3-1. Find out the latest NHL online betting lines soon.

Bet On the Anaheim Ducks vs Ottawa Senators Hockey Match Up

When: Saturday, March 26, 2016, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, ON
TV: TVA2, PT25, FSSD, CiTV
Radio: AM 830 KLAA
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Ducks?

Statistically, this is a solid Ducks team, and they are particularly terrific on special teams, leading the league in power play percentage (23.6%) and on the penalty kill (86.4%). The Senators give up goals in bunches (#28, 3.0) and are 29th in the league on the penalty kill (75.5%). So on paper, this is a game that the Ducks should win 4-1. The difference, of course, is that we don’t play the games on paper. The Ducks need to play with more discipline on the blue line instead of gambling on chances that leave the opposition with a series of odd-man rushes.

Why should you put your money on Ottawa?

Anaheim has the #2 defense in terms of goals allowed (2.3), but they gave up four in a loss to Montreal on Tuesday and then six to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Given that the Ducks only score 2.6 goals per game (#21 in the NHL), if they can’t find a way to stop the defensive bleeding, the Senators could make that three big losses north of the border. It’s not like the Canadiens or the Maple Leafs are headed to the playoffs either, so the Senators (#6 at 2.8 goals per game) could light the lamp enough times to send the Ducks home with another loss.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Senators to jump out on top and hold on for dear life in a 4-3 win over Anaheim.