Ottawa Senators vs Detroit Red Wings NHL Pick and Prediction from Pucking Hockey for March 31st 2015 (3/31/15)
Andrew Hammond Coming Back To Earth
Hammond allowed 13 goals in his last three games and Craig Anderson has not made it easier for the Senators lately as well. In Hammond’s defense, he was apparently not 100% due to a collision and was yanked for the first time in his career against the New York Rangers. Hammond went on to miss 2 consecutive games.
“If you panic, things don’t usually go your way,” said Hammond, who practiced Monday
Speaking of injuries, Craig Anderson is also dealing with a hand injury. He has allowed at least three goals in each game during a 2-3-2 span.
The Pesky Sens are 3 points behind the Bruins, but have a game in hand while Detroit are 3 points ahead of Boston and like the Sens, have 7 games remaining.
It’s going to be a tight race down to the wire, but the Senators need to pick up the slack starting tonight, if they want to remain in the playoff race.
Ottawa Senators Trends and Stats
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ottawa’s last 5 games
- Ottawa is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games
- Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Ottawa’s last 12 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Ottawa’s last 9 games when playing Detroit
- Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Detroit
- Ottawa is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Detroit
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Goaltending Issues Continue In Detroit
The Red Wings are not finishing the the end of the season strong, and most of the problem has been their goaltending. Jimmy Howard in my opinion is not the kind of goalie that helps his team have deep playoff runs. Then you throw Peter Mrazek into the mix, and it’s just much worse.
Detroit have been scoring goals, there’s no issues there, but needing to score more than 4 due to goaltending is the problem. The Wings have gone 1-2-1 in a stretch after Sunday’s 5-4 road loss to the Islanders.
They led 2-0 in the game, and you guessed it, goaltending failed them once again. In Howard’s last 9 games he is 2-4-1 with 3.70 goals against average. He did however stop 16 of 17 shots when Mrazek was pulled against the Islanders. He may be tracking the puck, finally?
Detroit has won 2 of 3 this season, but this was before Andrew Hammond.
Detroit Red Wings Trends and Stats
- Detroit leads the league in power play chances with 3.6 per game
- Detroit leads the league in power play goals with 0.9 per game
- Detroit is second on the power play in the league at 24.3%
- Detroit allows the third most power plays at 3.5 per game
- Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Detroit’s last 9 games when playing Ottawa
- Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Ottawa
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games when playing at home against Ottawa
- Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Ottawa
NHL Starting Goalies
Ottawa Senators – Andrew Hammond
Hammond was pulled after allowing five goals on 22 shots in the Senators loss to the Rangers last Thursday. He missed the last two games with a minor back injury but he will be back in-goal tonight in Detroit. Hammond has gone 14-1-1 with a 1.91 GAA and .938 SV% since being recalled. Tonight he will face a Red Wings team who have lost three of four, but have scored four goals in each of those contests.
Detroit Red Wings – Peter Mrazek
Mrazek was pulled after allowing four goals on 11 shots in the Red Wings 5-4 loss to the Islanders on Sunday. It was a rough outing after posting a 23-save shutout on Saturday. Mrazek comes into play at 2-2-0 with a 2.53 GAA and .922 SV% in March. Tonight he will face a Senators team who have lost three consecutive games after winning their previous seven.
It’s just a matter of time until Mrazek gets yanked again and the Wings resort to Howard. Hammond has not been hot as of late, but I am expecting him to get back on track tonight. This is a VERY BIG GAME FOR OTTAWA. With a loss tonight, and a Bruins win tonight the Senators will be 5 points behind Boston. Even though they have 2 games in hand, 5 points behind is very critical for the Senators.
Expect the Senators to come out fully energized and showing us all why they are called the “Pesky Sens”.
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