Ottawa ended its five games losing streak, and is now back among the teams occupying a playoffs spot. If they are to remain here, the Senators will have to defeat Carolina for the first time this season, and capitalize on their opponents’ lack of motivation.
Match: Ottawa vs Carolina
Odds: Unibet 2.00
The Hurricanes were mired in a lengthy losing streak, but that’s behind them now as Carolina defeated Washington by four goals to two. Unfortunately for the team struggling at the bottom of the South East division, this is too little too late and they don’t even have theoretical chances of making it to the playoffs. Motivation is at its lowest, and traveling to Canada for the final game of the season against Ottawa means nothing for the weary players who are waiting for the regular season to end.
On the other hand, the Senators know that this is a do or die situation and need to make the most of their one-day off. The hosts didn’t play the last scheduled game against Boston following the tragic events that took place at the marathon, and have more time to recuperate after a string of consecutive matches. Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson are fit to play and both of them have scored this week, not to mention that Craig Anderson is once again sharp in the net.
Tradition is not on their side, as the Hurricanes have defeated them each time in the last four matches, but this would matter little at the Scotiabank Arena. The visitors have lost seven of their last eight games, and have nothing to fight for which explains why Unibet is so generous in pricing Ottawa at 2.00 to win the match in regulation time.