Senators small favourites hosting Canadiens outdoors

Garry Galley joins HC at Noon to lay out the setting in Ottawa ahead of Saturday's outdoor game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens.

The Ottawa Senators will be looking to record consecutive wins for the first time since returning from last month’s two-game series against Colorado in Stockholm on Saturday night when they take on the Montreal Canadiens as small -120 betting favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Ottawa recorded a pair of 4-3 victories over the Avalanche during a weekend road trip to Sweden on Nov. 10 and 11, but has struggled since returning home, posting just two victories in 14 overall outings going into Saturday night’s outdoor game at TD Place Stadium.

Much of the Senators’ recent heartache has come on the road. A 6-5 victory over the New York Islanders as +136 underdogs on Dec. 1 was the club’s lone win during a recent seven-game road trip that also featured a trio of shutout losses.

However, the team managed to rebound in its return to home ice on Wednesday, escaping with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers as a +108 underdog. With that win, the Senators put the brakes on a four-game slide at Canadian Tire Centre, and improved their home record to 5-5-5.

The Canadiens travel to the nation’s capital as -110 underdogs after halting a three-game slide with a 2-1 victory over New Jersey as -179 home favourites on Thursday. Montreal has won six of its past nine, but has continued to stumble offensively, scoring just nine total goals over its past four outings after potting 16 total markers in its previous two.

Saturday night marks the fourth time the Canadiens have appeared in an outdoor contest. Ottawa previously participated in the 2014 Heritage Classic against the Vancouver Canucks; however that matchup took place under the dome at BC Place.

The Canadiens are undefeated in their previous three outdoor dates, including a lopsided 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins at the 2016 Heritage Classic. Starting with that game, the total has equalled or exceeded 6 in five of the past seven NHL outdoor games, while the home squad has picked up the win in each of the past three.

In other NHL betting action, the Edmonton Oilers will be seeking their fifth win in six road games as they visit the Minnesota Wild as -105 underdogs in a Saturday matinee.

Conversely, the Winnipeg Jets look to end a five-game road slide as they take on the St. Louis Blues as +125 road underdogs, while the Calgary Flames try to end a two-game losing streak as they host the Nashville Predators in a game pegged as a pick’em.