Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Senators have received strong performance from their top Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators players in two straight victories and it’s no coincidence that Ryan has three assists in the past two games. With only five goals in 31 games this season, Ryan has struggled with hand injuries, but he knows he needs to put the puck in the net more. Kane has 17 goals and 40 points in 41 games this season and is a force as always.
FIVE KEYS TO THE GAM
- CLOSE OUT STRONG
The Senators will play back-to-back games starting with the Hawks Tuesday before facing the Maple Leafs Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre. Four straight wins going into the club’s eight-day break in the schedule would be a huge accomplishment.
- KEEP ON SCORING
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Winger Mark Stone had a three-point effort in the club’s 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday at home. According to Elias Sports, Stone has at least one point in the club’s past 13 wins. That’s exactly what the Senators need.
- PLAY THE KID
With Johnny Oduya injured, there’s ice time available and you can expect some of that to go to rookie defenceman Thomas Chabot. He saw 18:01 against the Bolts Saturday and played 20:35 against the Sharks Friday. This will help him develop.
- STICK WITH ANDERSON
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators first time since Nov. 10-11 that Anderson has scored back-to-back wins in the club’s net with victories over San Jose and Tampa. He made 45 saves against the Bolts, so there’s no reason to take him out of the net for this one.
- OVERCOME THE ADVERSITY
The Senators aren’t sure what their lineup is going to look like because they only had 16 skaters Monday for practice. They may have to call up some players from their AHL affiliate in Belleville. It’s a wildcard at the moment.
Senators gameday lines
Ryan Dzingel-Derick Brassard-Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman-Matt Duchene-Bobby Ryan
Tom Pyatt-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Zack Smith
Colin White-Gabriel Dumont-Alex Burrows
Thomas Chabot-Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf-Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki-Ben Harpur
– lines based on Saturday’s game
Hawks gameday lines
Brandon Saad-Jonathan Toews-Vinnie Hinostroza
Ryan Hartman-Nick Schmaltz-Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp-David Kampf-Alex Debrincat
Lance Bouma-Tommy Wingels-Richard Panik
Duncan Keith-Jordan Oesterle
Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling-Jan Rutta
OTT: Johnny Oduya, Nate Thompson
CHI: Corey Crawford, Artem Anisimov
It hasn’t been pretty – at least on the defensive end – but the Ottawa Senators are on the right track as they look to rejoin the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Senators look to wrap up a perfect three-game homestand Tuesday night as they entertain the Chicago Blackhawks. Ottawa improved to 3-1-1 in its last five games with its biggest victory of the season, a 6-3 triumph over the conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
Blackhawks vs. Senators Betting Analysis
The Senators have allowed eight goals in their past two games, but masked those defensive struggles by potting a dozen goals in that stretch – it’s best offensive showing since mid-October. But oddsmakers aren’t convinced this is a sign of things to come, making this one a virtual toss-up despite the Blackhawks having won just three of their last 10 road games. It doesn’t help that Ottawa is 1-6 SU in its previous seven games vs. Western Conference foes.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Sports Interaction bettors like the visitors in this one, taking the Blackhawks at an 88-percent clip. The majority are also in on the over-5.5-goal play, though both teams can make compelling cases on both sides of the total. Chicago has gone over in four consecutive road games but is 0-6 O/U in its last six games against the Atlantic Division. Ottawa is 5-1 O/U in its previous six against the Central Division but has gone under in 13 of its last 20 games on two days’ rest.
Consistency has been elusive for the Blackhawks, who sandwiched a pair of three-game losing skids around a five-game winning streak and have subsequently alternated wins and losses over their previous five games. The Blackhawks have won 10 of the previous 14 meetings in the head-to-head series, but extending that streak could require a better power-play showing – Chicago is 0-for-6 in 2018 and ranks third-last in overall success rate at 14.4 percent.
The Senators can only hope that what they’ve seen from forward Matt Duchene over the past two games is a precursor to better days ahead. After scoring just one goals in his first 24 games in an Ottawa uniform, the former Colorado Avalanche forward has scored three times in his past two games, including his first multi-goal effort since Jan. 17 of last season in a 6-5 overtime win over San Jose. Duchene has 10 points in 26 games with the Senators.
Chicago Blackhawks (20-15-6) at Ottawa Senators (14-17-9)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -111 / Chicago Blackhawks +101 — Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Ottawa Senators look to snap out of their ugly losing ways as they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to town on Tuesday night.
The Blackhawks head into Ottawa on Tuesday looking to break out of a road funk that has them on the losing end of seven of their last 10 away from home and luckily for them they have the Sens on their calendar tonight which should give them reason to smile as Ottawa has been woeful this season and has just six wins in their last 24 games. Chicago has been up and down to start the season but they have been streaky and have beaten the Sens in 10 of their last 14 meetings which should give them confidence as a road team here even if it means having to turn to Anton Forsberg in the crease. Forsberg is expected to match up against Craig Anderson who has had struggles of his own this season and he will have to be sharp if he and the Sens are going to fend off Chicago’s potent offense.
Ottawa Senators vs. Chicago Blackhawks – 1/9/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators Senators are considered by many to be this season’s biggest disappointment as they have gone from being within a goal of the Stanley Cup final last season to one of the league’s worst this season and with mostly the same personnel it doesn’t make a ton of sense. Ottawa comes into tonight’s game with a dismal 5-18 record against a team with a losing road record but they have won five of their last seven games on home ice and with many pieces on the hot seat in the Canadian capital they could start to play some very desperate hockey in a hurry.
The Blackhawks are 42-20 in their last 62 against the Atlantic and have a 10-4 mark in their last 14 against Ottawa while the Sens are winless in their last four Tuesday games and 1-6 in their last seven against the Western Conference. Chicago is a slight favourite here and I think they get it done at a decent price against a Sens team that is lost right now.