Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators NHL Hockey Preview and Prediction 4/7/21
The Ottawa Senators have faced the Edmonton Oilers seven times this season and have lost seven times.
The senators will have two more chances against the Oilers, setting up matchups on Wednesday and Thursday night.
At least the games are in Ottawa, where the Senators have on occasion competed with the Oilers, losing 3-1, 3-2 in early February.
But overall, Edmonton has a 34-15 lead and will look to tie a franchise record Wednesday for the longest winning streak against a team in a season, against the original Winnipeg Jets in 1983-84.
Going into the clash, the first of the last two meetings this season, both teams have come off disappointing losses.
Ottawa has won its last four games and only four in 12 starts in the past month (4-5-3). On Monday in Winnipeg, the Senators dropped three goals in the third period, but still lost 4-3.
The Oilers, meanwhile, are on a 5-1-2 streak, but they just lost 3-2 in overtime on Monday in Montreal, a game in which they took a 2-0 lead after two periods.
The cause of Monday's overtime loss is simple, according to Oilers coach Dave Tippett: They cut the gas.
For Ottawa, making Monday's game a one-goal loss didn't give the Senators a sense of accomplishment. Although it has become a matter of time before they are eliminated from the playoffs, they try to be as competitive as possible in every game.
The senators made some changes off the ice on the eve of the showdown. In addition to adding goalkeeper Marcus Hogberg to the taxi team's main roster, they hired Zac Bierk as their new goalkeeping coach following the reassignment of Pierre Groulx to a scouting and development role.
|WINNER: Ottawa Senators @ +160|
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