The Ottawa Senators will be looking to put the brakes on a two-game road losing streak when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday as +220 underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Ottawa is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, which marked the team's seventh defeat in nine outings going into Saturday night's matchup at the Bell Centre.
The Senators have struggled to contain opposing shooters in recent road outings. Ottawa has surrendered 10 total goals during its current two-game road slide, and has allowed an average of 4.90 goals per game while losing eight of 10 away from Canadian Tire Centre.
Despite sporting an NHL-worst 5-16-0 away record, though, the Senators have enjoyed success when visiting Montreal this season. Ottawa has taken two of three from the Canadiens at the Bell Centre, capped by a decisive 6-3 victory on April 3. They have also limited the Canadiens to just 2.40 goals per game during a steady 3-1-1 run in Montreal.
The Canadiens welcome Ottawa as -260 favourites at sports betting sites after posting a crucial 2-1 victory over the visiting Calgary Flames on Friday night. That victory was just their second in six outings, but it lifted Montreal to six points up on the Flames for fourth place in the North Division. However, Montreal has struggled to produce consistent results at home, recording consecutive wins just once in 17 contests since early February.
Later on Saturday night, the Jets will play host to the Edmonton Oilers as slim -120 home chalk. The Jets return home after closing out a five-game Eastern road trip with a big 5-2 victory in Toronto that lifted them to within three points of the division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs.
Winnipeg has claimed victory in five of six outings, scoring four or more goals in four of those wins. However, the team has fallen to defeat in four of its past seven games at Bell MTS Place. The Jets have also fallen short in recent dates with the Oilers. Winnipeg has lost in each of its past three meetings with Edmonton, with each of those defeats coming on the road, but has emerged victorious in four of its last six home dates with the Oilers.
After enjoying an extended six-day layoff, the Oilers return to action on Saturday as +100 underdogs. Edmonton has posted wins in two of four dates on its current five-game road trip. However, consistency has emerged as a concern for the Oilers, who have claimed victory in just four of their past eight games overall. That swoon has dropped them to third place in the divisional standings, five points back of the surging Jets.