Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators – 4/26/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
The Montreal Canadiens will look to put away the Ottawa Senators as these two bitter rival meet in a Game 6 of their NHL playoff series. Ottawa will be at home at 6PM Eastern Time aired on NBC Sports Network.
Montreal stormed out to the 3-0 series lead on Ottawa as they were able to pull out one goal victories. Two of the Canadiens wins came in overtime. Ottawa is a team that looked hopelessly out of the playoffs during the regular season as the Boston Bruins lead as the final playoff seed in the East looked unattainable for the Senators to capture. After a coaching change the Senators played good defense hockey and got solid net minding. For several years Ottawa was knows for good offense but defensively would give up very high quality shots on net with porous defense. Ottawa has held together defensively by allowing no more than two regulation goals per game over the past four games of this series. Montreal has only been able to score one goal in their past two games as Ottawa facing elimination has resorted back to the outstanding defensive ways seen in their playoff drive. Facing elimination the Senators responded with a 1-0 home victory in Game 4 then went into Montreal on Friday and came away with a 5-1 road win.
Montreal Canadiens Center: Torrey Mitchell has led the Canadiens centers with three points with a goal and two assists. Mitchell has only averaged 12 minutes of ice time in the post season ranking last on the team’s centers. Tomas Plekanec has seen an average of 20 ½ minutes of ice time and has one goal in the series on 20 shots.
Montreal Canadiens Right Wing: Brian Flynn had a goal and two assists in the playoffs. After scoring three points in Game 1, Flynn has gone scoreless in his past four games.
Montreal Canadiens Left Wing: Max Pacioretty has just one goal in this series in four games played. He scored 30 goals for Montreal during the regular season. Jacob De La Rose has no points in five games of this series.
Montreal Canadiens Defensemen: P.K. Subban had three points in this series. He is among the leaders in ice time for the Canadiens with an average of 25 minutes per game. At issue for hockey draft managers is the penalty minutes Subban has piled up as he has sat 25 minutes in the box in this series. No other defenseman in the playoffs has more than one point in this series. Tim Gilbert has a goal.
Montreal Canadiens Goalie: Carey Price has played in all five games of this series against Ottawa and is 3-2 with a goal against average of 2.31. His save percentage is 92.3%. He has allowed to goals or fewer in three of the five playoff games.
Ottawa Senators Center: Mika Zibanejad is among the leaders in playoff scoring for Ottawa as he had a goal and three assists for four points. Kyle Turris has a goal and an assists in five playoff games. Turris has seen average of over 19 minutes of ice time per game in these playoffs.
Ottawa Senators Right Wing: Mark Stone has no goals but four assists for four points in the playoffs. During the regular season Stone had 26 goals with 38 assists.
Ottawa Senators Left Wing: Mike Hoffman is only averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game and has produced a goal and two assists for the Senators. Clarke MacArthur has two goals in this series.
Ottawa Senators Defensemen: The Senators have got great scoring production by their defense in this playoff series. Erick Karlsson and Patrick Wiercioch are among the team leaders. Karlsson had netted a goal with three assists. Karlsson leads the Senators in average minutes per game during the postseason with over 28 minutes. Wiecioch had two goals and two assists in the post season.
Ottawa Senators Goalie Andre Hammond was in net in Game 1 and 2 of this series. With a 91.4% save percentage Hammond has been resorted to a backup. Craig Anderson was inserted into the starting lineup on Wednesday the Ottawa net minder is 2-1 with a goal against average of 0.95 and save percentage of 97.6%