The Canadian derby is particularly important this year when a short season leaves no room for errors and both Toronto and Ottawa are struggling to secure a playoffs berth. The Senators have two points more and a game in hand, but losing tonight would see their slight lead going to waste.
Match: Ottawa vs Toronto
Odds: Unibet 2.10
Following the 3-0 victory over NY Rangers, the Senators came within striking distance to the divisional leaders, but they will need they players back on the ice if they are to make a push. Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson and still missing due to injuries and so is their main goalkeeper Craig Anderson. He has the best goals against average in the league, but his replacement rose to the challenge and managed to shut down the offensive Rangers. Bishop will need to contain Joffrey Lupul and his Maple Leafs tonight, a task that will require the total support of the defensive line.
Toronto seems to be once again the scoring machine that keeps opponents under pressure, but their defensive is not to be trusted. Even the reeling Carolina were on the verge of winning a game away from home despite the Maple Leafs having a two goals advantage. Toronto will not be as lucky as to score four goals in one period against the Senators and if they concede early goals they could be heading for the first regulation time defeat in two weeks.
Ottawa should outshine their countrymen tonight in the nation’s capital and tie Boston for the second place in the competitive Northeast division. The Maple Leafs will give them a run for their money, but in the end the odds of 2.10 offered by Unibet will pay off for punters wagering on the Senators.