Anaheim Ducks Vs Ottawa Senators NHL Betting Preview

Posted by Henry Watkins on Friday,March 25, 2016 12:43, EST in

There is a natural tendency to relax a little once you are guaranteed to make the playoffs, and that can lead to a string of results that making getting back into high gear a little more difficult to do. That is where the Anaheim Duck find themselves at the moment, and their little swoon may end up being what costs them the Pacific Division title. It was, and still is, a tight race between the Ducks and Kings at the top of the division, but back to back losses against vastly inferior teams has seen the Ducks fall off the pace a little.

They have what looks to be another pretty straightforward game against the Senators on Saturday night, but given how the Ducks are playing right now, they may not necessarily be an automatic pick for your weekend wagers. You can keep up to date with the odds for this one, as well as all the other NHL action, at MyBookie.ag online sportsbook.

Anaheim Ducks Vs Ottawa Senators NHL Betting Preview

When: Saturday, March 26 at 7 PM EST
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
TV:
FSW2
Radio:
KLAA and CFGO
Live Stream
: NHL Stream
NHL Money Line:
Anaheim -135

Why Bet on the Anaheim Ducks

When you look at how the Anaheim Ducks (40-23-10) started this season, it’s something of a minor miracle that they ended up being one of the first teams in the league to clinch a playoff berth. The danger for them right now is that they are starting to slip back into the form that saw them stumble out of the gate so badly.

The Ducks are just 4-4-2 in their last 10 games, and have now fallen 3 points back of the Kings at the top of the Pacific Division. The more alarming part of this slide is the teams that the Ducks are losing to, as you would think that opponents like the Canadiens and Maple Leafs, their last 2 losses, would be teams that they should easily be sweeping aside. The Ducks are averaging 2.6 GPG, and are giving up 2.3 GPG.

Why Bet on the Ottawa Senators

The heroics that this Ottawa Senators (34-33-8) team delivered in the latter stages of last season now seems like a distant memory, as it looks as though this group is going out with a whimper rather than a bang. The Senators are just 4-5-1 in their last 10 games, and are slipping ever closer to being mathematically eliminated from postseason play. There are a lot of things that have gone wrong for this team all season long, but their inability to score timely goals has been huge coming down the stretch. Ottawa has now gone 11-straight games without registering a PP goal, which is a rather horrendous drought when you are in desperate need of wins. The Senators are averaging 2.8 GPG, and are giving up 3.0 GPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Senators have been pretty poor defensively all season long, and this may be just what the Ducks need to break out of their slump. I like Anaheim to win in pretty comfortable fashion.

NHL Prediction:  Anaheim Ducks 5 Ottawa Senators 2