Senators favourites against Avalanche to close out Stockholm series

Ottawa Senators scores 3-2 during the NHL Global Series hockey game between Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Friday Nov. 10, 2017. (Erik Simander/TT via AP)

The Ottawa Senators will be looking to sweep their two-game NHL Global Series matchup with Colorado when they take on the Avalanche in Stockholm on Saturday as -145 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Ottawa needed overtime to seal a 4-3 win on Friday in Matt Duchene’s debut against his former Colorado teammates, and has not recorded consecutive wins in 10 games ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Avalanche vs. Senators betting matchup at Ericsson Globe Arena.

Acquired by the Senators earlier this week in a three-way deal that sent forward Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators, Duchene joins a Senators attack that ranks among the league leaders with 3.57 goals per game. However, the Ottawa defense has emerged as a concern, surrendering 4.0 goals per game in its past 10, feeding a 9-3 run for the OVER on the totals.

Friday’s loss halted Colorado’s three-game win streak. Overall, the Avalanche have exceeded expectations since opening the campaign as a lengthy +10000 bet on the Stanley Cup odds, going 4-2-1 over its past seven games.

Colorado has also scored five or more goals in five of its past six victories, and has seen the total go OVER in its past eight outings, but is 1-4-1 in its past six games away from Pepsi Center and has now dropped three straight to the Senators.

Elsewhere Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers visit the New York Rangers as -105 underdogs, and the Montreal Canadiens take on the last-place Buffalo Sabres in an Atlantic Division clash.

The Oilers posted wins on the first two stops on their current four-game road trip including Thursday’s 3-2 overtime victory in New Jersey as -121 chalk. Edmonton faces a resurgent Rangers squad that has scored 4.4 goals per game while winning five straight, and has posted the win in four of five meetings with the Oilers.

Montreal saw a three-game win streak end with Thursday’s 3-0 loss to Minnesota as slim -125 home favourites. The Canadiens have been hit by injuries to forward Jonathan Drouin and goaltenders Carey Price and Al Montoya, but have taken five of seven from the Sabres, who surrendered three third-period goals in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Florida as -103 home underdogs.

In other Saturday action, the Winnipeg Jets aim for a third straight road win as they visit the Arizona Coyotes as -125 chalk while the Toronto Maple Leafs look to sweep a home-and-home series in Boston after topping Bruins 3-2 on Friday as -128 home favourites.

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