Montreal Canadians versus Ottawa Senators Pick Prediction NHL Playoff Game 1 Lines Odds Preview 5-2-2013

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The 25-17-2-4 Ottawa Senators will open up their Eastern conference best of seven NHL Playoff series on the road to face the 29-14-3-2 Montreal Canadians in Game 1 from pro hockey on Thursday night. Face off time for Game 1 is scheduled from Montreal at 7PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CNBC.

The NHL pro hockey odds from this playoff game have the home team Montreal Canadians favored by -155 odds with the take back on the road underdog Ottawa Senators at +140 odds. The goal over under is set at 5 goals.

Ottawa and Montreal met four times during the lockout year with each team winning twice on home ice. One win by each club at home came in a shootout.

Ottawa is 10-11-12 on the road this season. They qualified in the playoffs as an seventh seed in the Eastern conference and held a five point lead over the ninth seeded Winnipeg Jets. They made their playoff push with a four game win streak in mid-April but down the stretch losers of three of their past five games. The team was 27th and fourth last in the NHL in goals per game with just 2.3 a contest. They lead the league with 33.1 shots on goal average.

The Canadians enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern conference and sport a home mark of 14-7-3-0. With their playoff position secure the Canadians drop five of six games prior to close the regular season with two straight victories all coming on the road. Montreal pushes across 3 goals per game ranking fourth in the NHL and on defense allow just 26.9 shots on goal good for fifth best in the league.