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The Vancouver Canucks fell to 7-10-1 on the road with their 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. The Canucks will wrap up a four-game set with the Senators on Wednesday with one more road game in Ottawa.
Vancouver and Ottawa are both going off at -110 on the NHL odds in this series finale at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. This marks just the second time all season that the Senators have not been listed as a betting underdog.
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The Canucks seemingly caught a break when Ottawa’s third-string goaltender Marcus Hogberg was forced into action between the pipes, but Vancouver only found the back of the net on one of the 26 shots it took on Monday night. After ranking eighth in the NHL in goals scored with 3.25 per game in 2019-20, the Canucks have fallen to No. 24 in the league with a paltry 2.63 goals per game in 2021. Braden Holtby continued his recent hot streak stopping 25 of the 27 shots that he faced in the game, but Vancouver’s disappointing performance on offense let Holtby’s quality start go to waste.
Ottawa is now 2-1 in its last three games against the Canucks since going 0-5 in its previous five games against Vancouver per the OddsShark NHL Database.
The Senators stumbled out of the gate this season to a dismal 2-12-1 record and looked as though they would be the doormat of the North Division all season long. But Ottawa has gone a respectable 16-15-3 since its terrible start and the Senators are playing their best hockey of the season this month with a current stretch of 5-2 over their last seven games. With Matt Murray likely to sit out the rest of the season with his lower-body injury and Anton Forsberg still out, Marcus Hogberg is expected to be back in goal on Wednesday.
Montreal’s 4-8 record over its last 12 games has left the door open for the Calgary Flames or the Canucks to steal the No. 4 seed in the North Division, but that dream slips further and further away with each loss. Vancouver will have a quick turnaround on tap with a road game in Toronto scheduled for Thursday night.