Ottawa Senators (13-15-4) at Detroit Red Wings (14-14-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -148 / Ottawa Senators +122 — Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings meet in NHL action from the Little Caesars Arena on Friday night.
The Ottawa Senators will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators in their last outing. Zack Smith would open the scoring just :26 into the game, but that’s all of the offense that the Senators would muster up, as Nashville tied the game by the end of the 1st, took the lead in the 2nd and added an insurance goal to seal the deal in the opening 1:59 of the 3rd period. Craig Anderson ended up with the defeat, with his record falling to 12-12-3 after allowing all 3 goals on 36 shots in the losing effort.
The Detroit Red Wings will be looking to get back on track after a 6-2 loss to the Washington Capitals in their last outing. Detroit fell behind 3-0 after the 1st period and were down 5-0 after 40 minutes of play before Dylan Larkin got the Wings on the board just after the opening minute of the 3rd. Washington put a 6th goal on the board before Gustav Nyquist added a consolation goal in the waning moments of the 3rd period, but the damage was already done. Jonathan Bernier ended up with the loss, falling to 4-8-0 after allowing 5 goals on 15 shots in the losing effort.
Ottawa is 12-40 in their last 52 road games and 2-15 in their last 17 road games against a team with a losing home record while the over is 22-9-2 in their last 31 games overall. Detroit is 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 14-38 in their last 52 division games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Eastern Conference. Ottawa is 4-9 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Detroit.
Neither of these teams have been worth backing given their recent play, however the Senators have pretty much been fade material on the road dating back to last season, and it doesn’t change here as Ottawa has had no luck in Detroit going back for a couple of seasons now. Laying juice with the Red Wings isn’t the move I’d like to make here, but given Ottawa’s form away from home I feel like it’s the only choice so I’ll side with Detroit here.