Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators odds, picks and prediction
The Calgary Flames (9-9-2) continue their Eastern Canada road trip with the first game of three straight against the Ottawa Senators (6-14-1) at Canadian Tire Centre. Thursday's puck drop will be at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Flames-Senators odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.
The two sides will play a total of five head-to-head games between Thursday and Sunday, March 7. They haven't met yet this season in the all-Canadian North Division. They split their two-game series 1-1 last season with both teams winning on home ice.
Calgary's coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night. Ottawa was off following a surprising two-game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens Sunday and Tuesday; they won 5-4 via a shootout Tuesday.
Flames at Senators: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line : Flames -165 (bet $165 to win $100) | Senators +130 (bet $100 to win $130)
- Against the spread/ATS : Flames -1.5 (+170) | Senators +1.5 (-210)
- Over/Under : 6.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)
Flames at Senators: Projected starting goalies
David Rittich (1-3-1, .919 SV%, 2.29 GAA) at Matt Murray (4-9-1, .883 SV%, 3.66 GAA)
Rittich stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Maple Leafs and will start again in the second half of the back-to-back with Jacob Markstrom still sidelined by injury. The 28-year-old made a 28-save shutout against the Leafs Monday.
Murray was in net for both wins over the Canadiens and stopped 62 of 68 shots faced. Backup Marcus Hogberg remains sidelined by a lower-body injury, so Murray should get an extended run in net.
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Flames at Senators: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Senators 4, Flames 3
Money line (ML)
Back the SENATORS (+130) as home underdogs once again. Though they're still buried in last place in the North Division, the Sens have gone 4-2 over their last six games. The Flames are 2-3-1 over the same stretch.
The Sens have the edge in the goalie battle with Murray continuing to round into form and Rittich likely to show some fatigue in rare back-to-back appearances.
Against the spread (ATS)
The SENATORS +1.5 (-210) can also be backed with the goal of insurance on the puck line. They've lost by 2 or more goals just three times in their last 10 games, and the Flames have won by 2 or more three times in their last 10 outings.
Calgary is 11th in the NHL with a 5-on-5 Corsi For percentage of 50.80 while Ottawa is right behind at 50.50%.
Take the OVER 6.5 (-105) with Rittich likely to be tired following Wednesday's shooting barrage and the Senators still allowing a league-high 4.00 goals per game.
Calgary's 21.05% power-play success rate is likely to strike against Ottawa's 24th-ranked penalty kill of 75.36%.
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