The Ottawa Senators won definitively on Monday night, beating the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 at home. The Sens improved their NHL regular season record 29-26-4, winning their second straight and sixth in their last ten.
Claude Giroux had his first four point performance since Nov. 21, 2019, netting one goal and dishing out three assists. Thomas Chabot chipped in with a goal and two assists, while Drake Batherson, Jake Sanderson, Tim Stutzle and Brady Tkachuk each scored once.
Detroit opened the scoring, as Tyker Bertuzzi tucked a shot past Talbot’s outstretched right pad at 11:48 of the first period. Jake Sanderson tied it back up at 3:41 of the second via a slap shot which went through traffic to score during a power play.
Detroit went back in front, with a David Perron wrist shot at 5:11 in the second. It was all Senators from here on out as Ottawa scored 5 unanswered to end the game.
Drake Batherson scored another power-play goal at 12:25 in the second and Giroux gave Ottawa a 3-2 lead at 14:10. Brady Tkachuk made it 4-2 at 17:41, for his 25th goal of the season.
The last period had two more goals; one off the stick of Chabot and another top-shelfer from Tim Stutzle at 15:00.
While Ottawa is still second to last in the Atlantic Division, they have 62 points which puts them right dab in the middle of the chase for a wild card spot. The Eastern Conference wild card race is currently led by the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins with 69 and 67 points respectively. The Senators haven’t made the postseason for 5 years running.
What’s Next for the Ottawa Senators?
The Red Wings will come back for a rematch at the Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday night to wrap up the two-game series and trip. The game is expected to be highly competitive as both teams jockey for the two wild card spots in the East.
Given that the Sens will be playing six of their next seven games after their homestand against Detroit on the road, they won’t want to leave Ottawa without a W.
Betting on the Senators in 2023
The Senators still have a good chunk of the regular season left to play and legitimate aspirations to make the postseason. If you plan on betting on any Sens games that are coming up, be sure to check out our list of the top NHL betting sites to find the best odds and betting features.
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