Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames NHL Betting Picks and Prediction for Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames – As the NHL regular season continues to unfold, Tuesday’s match-up between Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames promises to be an intriguing contest. With 14-20-0 records between them and 17-17-5 standings respectively, both teams should hope for improvement from this game – while for bettors this event provides NHL free picks today for predictions and wagers!

Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 9:00 PM ET

Location: Scotiabank Saddledome


Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames Betting Odds


Ottawa Senators Analysis

Ottawa Senators fans have endured an inconsistent season on offense, often showing inconsistent playmaking and scoring capabilities. Tim Stutzle stands out as a key offensive player with 27 assists and 7 goals to his credit. Right wings Claude Giroux and Drake Batherson have also played key roles in the Senators’ offensive lineup. Giroux brings experience and skill, with 10 goals scored during his 10-goal scoring spree; Batherson shows his scoring prowess by tallying 14 goals and 16 assists over 16 games – his 14 goals highlight his scoring ability while 16 assists demonstrate his timing of goalscoring opportunities. Furthermore, Senators power play is not one of their strongest assets, yet its success could prove crucial against Flames.

Defense has been an area of weakness for the Senators this season, as evidenced by goaltender Joonas Korpisalo‘s stats: 3.61 goals-against average and an 0.889 save percentage. Korpisalo will be crucial in stopping Calgary Flames offensive drives, so tightening up defensive zone coverage and disrupting Flames offensive rhythm are both keys factors in winning this matchup.

Calgary Flames Analysis

Calgary Flames’ offense has been defined by both speed and skill, led by Centre Blake Coleman’s 15 goals and 15 assists – evidence of his balanced approach that sees him contribute both in scoring and playmaking capacities. Nazem Kadri and Yegor Sharangovich have been essential components of the Flames’ offensive strategy. Kadri, with 11 goals and 17 assists, brings both skill and grit to center position while Sharangovich provides depth with 12 goals and 13 assists. The Flames’ offensive approach of quick transitions and capitalizing on power plays has proven fruitful; however, consistency remains an issue and they will have to bring their best performance against the Senators.

Defence-wise, the Flames have been more secure due to Jacob Markstrom‘s outstanding goaltending. Boasting an average GAA of 2.65 and save percentage of 0.908, his reliability in making key saves has helped keep games tight for Calgary. Their defensive corps, known for their structured play style, will need to limit Ottawa’s offensive forays; to do this effectively they must maintain discipline in their defensive zone while effectively managing power play opportunities presented to Senators top scorers so as to minimize scoring chances created against Calgary by leaving scoring opportunities open or creating spaces in for Ottawa’s offensive forays.

Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames Against the Spread

The Senators are just 2-2 against the spread (ATS) over their last 5 games. For the season they have been profitable for bettors away from home with a 15-19 ATS record overall including 6-8 ATS on the road.

The Flames have matched the Senators recent ATS success also going 2-2 ATS over their previous 4 contests. They have been strong at home for bettors with a mark of 10-12 ATS at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Ottawa Senators vs. Calgary Flames Free Pick

Based on odds, trends, team stats, and key players, here are the picks:

Moneyline: Calgary Flames (The Flames have a more balanced team and home-ice advantage, which should play a crucial role in this matchup.)

Spread: Ottawa Senators (Given the Senators’ relatively better performance against the spread in road games, they might cover the spread in this close contest.)

Total: Over (Considering both teams’ trends towards high-scoring games, betting on the OVER seems a plausible choice.)

Predicted Score: Calgary Flames 4, Ottawa Senators 3

At present, while the Flames are heavily favored on the Moneyline, their ability to cover the spread makes the Senators an intriguing selection in that category. Their prediction of a high-scoring game aligns perfectly with both teams’ recent trends; therefore, going OVER is likely. This matchup offers exciting betting opportunities for bettors and fans alike, especially those using Canada top betting sites that provide comprehensive and insightful platforms for NHL wagering.