Hockey betting expectations have not been met so far by the Ottawa Senators as they have not been in the top 8 of the online hockey betting playoff race in the Eastern Conference most of the year.
The Ottawa Senators will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night with a start time of 7 PM ET. Be sure and open your account at Sports Gambling for this all important Eastern Conference matchup that has plenty of playoff significance.
Tampa Bay has been one of the biggest surprises and top values with the hockey betting odds so far this season as they were actually ahead of the Washington Capitals in the Southeast Division race with a record of 23-11-3-2 including a road mark of 11-8-2-1 with 13 of their road games going over the total.
There may have been a lot of skeptics when Steve Yzerman was hired to run the Lightning last summer but there are a lot more converts now as the Lighting are in excellent position to capture an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Tampa Bay was in good form as the New Year started as they paid out in 8 of 10 games from December 11 through January 1.
Tampa Bay ranked 7th in goal scoring while their defense remained a concern as it ranked 26th for goals against. Center Steven Stamkos was off to a fabulous start with 31 goals and 25 assists and 13 power play goals. Veteran right winger Martin St. Louis had 16 goals and a whopping 34 assists.
Ottawa had a record of 16-19-4-1 with the hockey betting line as they went over the total in just 7 of their first 22 home games. The Senators were bad on both ends of the ice as they ranked 29th for goal scoring and 25th for goals against.
Ottawa has gotten the money in 5 of the last 7 hockey betting matchups in this series as 3 of the last 4 meetings between the teams have gone over the total. The Senators have won the last 4 meetings between the teams at home with 4 of their last 5 home games against the Lightning going under the total.