NHL Odds: Ottawa Senators San Jose Spread, Preview & Public Bets Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Tuesday, 04 March 2008 21:12
NHL Headline News

Looking For a Spark

The San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators each made a big change last week, hoping to provide a spark heading into the postseason.

So far, the moves have produced very different results.

Oddsmakers from Sportsbook.com have made Ottawa -140 money line favorites (NHL Odds) for today's game, the over/under has been set at 5.5 goals (Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 50% of bets for this game have been placed on Ottawa -140 (View NHL Bet Percentages).

One game after the Sharks' new defenseman scored a goal off a dazzling move to seal the team's sixth straight win, San Jose hosts the Senators, whose new coach was ejected for arguing with officials in his club's latest loss.

San Jose's acquisition of defenseman Brian Campbell has so far been a success, as he's recorded four points in four victories since being obtained from Buffalo at last week's trade deadline. Ottawa coach Bryan Murray, meanwhile, has been unable to help his team regain its early season form since taking over behind the bench.

Campbell scored his first goal as a Shark on Monday, spinning through the slot and scoring on a power play with less than two minutes left in the Sharks' 6-4 win over Montreal. He also heard fans chanting for the team to re-sign him, as he's headed for free agency this summer.

"The crowd was loud, and it was almost a playoff atmosphere," Campbell said. "We've got games in hand, so we've got to take advantage of those."

The Sharks (37-21-8) are five points behind Dallas and one behind Anaheim in the Pacific Division, but have played three fewer games than the Stars and two less than the Ducks.

Monday's win at HP Pavilion came after the Sharks finished an eight-game road trip with five straight victories. They managed to keep the momentum going despite being just 15-13-5 at home this season.

San Jose scored six goals for just the second time this season, as Joe Thornton had two goals and two assists while Jonathan Cheechoo added a goal and two assists. Cheechoo has nine goals and four assists in his last 12 games after recording just 18 points in the previous 47 games.

Lack of offense has been the problem recently for Ottawa, which has lost four of five and fallen out of first place in the Northeast Division for the first time this season.

The Senators (37-24-6) have scored just seven goals in the last five games, five of those coming in a win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. They've managed only two goals in their last three road games, including a 3-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday.

The team's struggles resulted in Murray, Ottawa's general manager, firing coach John Paddock last week and re-assuming the coaching duties. Murray led the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals last season, but the Senators are 1-2 since he took over last Wednesday.

Murray was ejected Monday for arguing calls for the second time.

"We've come out a lot better, had a much better effort the last three games when he's been behind the bench," Senators defenseman Wade Redden said. "We just need to keep going that way and get our wins."

The team's offensive woes likely wouldn't improve if leading scorer Daniel Alfredsson, who left Monday's defeat in the third period after a cross-check to the ribs, misses time. Alfredsson, with 37 goals and 42 assists, didn't practice Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday.

Ottawa will have Martin Gerber in net for the third straight game after he had been mostly sitting in favor of Ray Emery recently. Gerber has stopped 53 of 60 shots in the last two games.

This matchup is the teams' only one this season. The Senators haven't visited San Jose since Oct. 18, 2003, when they won 4-1, and haven't played the Sharks at all since a 2-0 loss in Ottawa on Jan. 12, 2006.

Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov had 40 saves in that matchup, while Patrick Marleau scored the winner in the second period.

by: Staff Writers - Email Us

More NHL Hockey coverage from theSpread.com

 - NHL Hockey news wire
 - NHL top stories
 - Current NHL injuries
 - NHL Hockey schedule
 - NHL Hockey standings
 - NHL goalie stats
 - NHL Hockey scoreboard
 - NHL Hockey odds
 - NHL public betting charts
 - Expert NHL Picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - NHL Home

 

NHL Team Pages

Top NHL Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NHL Futures

NHL TEAM CUP FINALS ODDS CURRENT
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 13/2
LOS ANGELES KINGS 9/1
BOSTON BRUINS 10/1
ANAHEIM DUCKS 12/1
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 12/1
ST LOUIS BLUES 12/1
SAN JOSE SHARKS 14/1
MINNESOTA WILD 16/1
NEW YORK RANGERS 16/1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 16/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com