In the spring of 2016, the Ottawa Senators found themselves in overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, one shot away from advancing to play for the Stanley Cup. It didn’t happen – the Penguins scored in OT and went on to beat Nashville for the Cup – and nothing it seems, has gone right for the Senators ever since.
There’s been a mass exodus of high-end talent from the Senators since that game. Among the departed were Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson, and high-end forwards like Kyle Turris, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel and Mark Stone. The Senators became the first team in NHL history to trade away their top three goal scorers in the same season.
Ottawa bottomed out, going to the wrong end of the NHL standings. Normally, that would at least lead to a consolation prize of a high draft pick gleaned from the NHL lottery, but compounding Ottawa’s woes was the reality that the Senators dealt their 2019 first round draft to the Colorado Avalanche in order to acquire Duchene.
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has feuded with the team’s fans and threatened to move the team. The entire situation in Canada’s capital city is in disarray, with little hope of a turnaround arriving in the near future.
That makes betting on the Senators quite the conundrum. They’re not very good at home and they’re even worse on the road. About the only place, the Senators have proven to be a solid play is as an over wager on the total during road games. They own one of the best away over percentages in the entire NHL.
A great place to make that over wager on a Senators game is at 888 Sport. Among the many offers at this sportsbook is an over bet that provides six exact total options that you can choose to play, each bet offering increasing options in the return on the investments. You might also want to wager on the first team to get to three goals, or on the total goals scored by either the home or the away club in the game.