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The timing for their first visit of the season to Canada’s capital seems suited to the Detroit Red Wings’ need to play a tidy road game.
The Ottawa Senators are listed as -130 home favorites while the Red Wings are +110 underdogs with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Wednesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Red Wings, who lost 5-2 at home to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, are 3-4 in their last seven games when they were playing for the second day in a row and the total has finished UNDER in four of those games.
Red Wings at Senators | OddsShark Matchup Report
The total has also gone UNDER in six of the Red Wings’ last seven games as an away underdog of 100 to +130 on the moneyline at sports betting sites. The Senators, who are favored at home for the first time this season, have had the total go UNDER in their last five games as a home favorite.
The Red Wings, who are 3-6-0, should be eager to course-correct after a third-period meltdown against the Canucks where they allowed five unanswered goals to seal their fifth consecutive loss. They sport the most effective line in this matchup with the Dylan Larkin-Tyler Bertuzzi-Anthony Mantha trio, although complementary scoring is desperately needed to boost a 28th-ranked offense (2.33 goals per game).
The Red Wings are also 30th in goals against (3.67). On special teams, the power play ranks 24th (14.3 percent) and the penalty killing is 28th (70.0).
Jonathan Bernier, who is 2-2-0 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .905 save percentage, should be in line for the goaltending start after Jimmy Howard played on Tuesday.
The Senators are also scuffling with a 1-6-1 record that ranks 31st overall in the NHL. Ottawa is 7-13 in its last 20 games against Detroit according to the OddsShark NHL Database and the current iteration of the Senators, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Colin White centering their first two lines, ranks 30th in offense (2.13 goals per game) and 25th in goals against (3.50). Ottawa’s power play is also tied for 30th (4.0 percent) while the penalty killing unit is ranked 14th (80.0 percent).
Ottawa last played three days ago, so Craig Anderson, who is 1-4-0 with a 3.26 GAA and .895 save percentage, should be ready for the start in goal. The Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday to begin a three-game homestand.