The hottest young goalie in the NHL couldn’t stop them. Neither could one of the league’s top veterans. The Montreal Canadiens are one win away from completing a first-round sweep of the Ottawa Senators, who trail their Eastern Conference quarterfinal 3-0 with Game 4 coming up Wednesday night (7:00 PM ET, USA) at the Tire.
The Habs (50-22-5-5, plus-8.68 units ATS during the regular season) won the first two games in Montreal, peppering Sens rookie Andrew Hammond (.941 save percentage, 6.5 Goalie Point Shares) with a combined 81 shots and scoring seven goals to Ottawa’s five. The Senators (43-26-6-7, plus-16.70 units ATS) went with Craig Anderson (.923 SV%, 8.0 GPS) in Game 3 at home on Sunday, and while Anderson made 47 saves, Montreal still won 2-1 in overtime as a +105 underdog.
Ottawa has fired its share of rubber at Habs netminder Carey Price (.933 SV%, 16.2 GPS), putting over 30 shots on the Montreal goal in each game thus far. The leading Hart Trophy candidate has improved his save percentage to .939 in these playoffs; however, the three one-goal victories Price secured leave the Canadiens one betting unit in the red
, at 1-2 against the puck line.