Ottawa Senators Odds

This week's Senators moneyline, goal line and totals at top Ontario sportsbooks

In the early days of professional hockey, the original Ottawa Senators had quite the run. A founding member of the NHL, the club won 11 Stanley Cups from 1903-27. Unfortunately, financial difficulties led to the team relocating after the 1933-34 season. The NHL went dark in Ottawa for several decades afterward.

An aggressive expansion effort paid dividends in 1990. Ottawa received an NHL expansion franchise, and the Senators were reborn with play beginning in the 1992-93 season. The early years were quite lean, but the team managed to stockpile talent along the way and turn into a regular playoff participant.

From 1996 through 2017, the club failed to qualify for the playoffs only a handful of times. While another postseason drought is underway, there’s optimism that the team is putting the right pieces in place, led by players such as Brady Tkachuk and Colin White. The Sens could be relevant again before too long, and it could be good timing.

Single-game wagering appears to be on its way to Canada before too long, with Ontario the likely first point of entry. Sportsbooks such as DraftKings and FanDuel could bring their apps to the province as a result. In anticipation of that, this page will take a detailed look at everything you need to know about betting on the Senators.

Tonight’s Senators odds: moneyline, goal line, totals

All season long, you can get your bets in whenever the Senators are set to play. The main pregame bets — moneylines, goal lines and totals — attract plenty of action. You can stay on top of the current state of the market via the live odds feed below, which pulls together real-time data from various sportsbooks. You can also keep track of the Sens odds to make playoffs, win the Stanley Cup, and Brady Tkachuk player props.

Senators betting data/roster/injury report

The NHL news cycle is constantly churning, so there’s always plenty of information to digest as the season plays out for the Senators. If you are planning on placing a bet, you’ll want to have a full sense of the state of the team as part of your matchup research.

Injuries and team news are key spots to look at, and you should also take the time to explore any relevant trends for the team and its next opponent. Here are some of the current items worth some attention.

Senators live betting odds

Live betting affords users the chance to wager on games like never before. These are bets you can place in real time with odds and offerings based on what’s happening. Here are some examples of wagers you might see:

  • New odds for the main pregame bets.
  • Various prop bets as the game plays out.
  • Bet on smaller parts of game like power plays and periods.

Since live betting is based on real-time data, everything moves super quick. Ontario sports betting apps from the leading names in the industry are up to the task. If you’re interested in placing some live bets, be sure to log in and keep your eyes on the market while watching the game.

Glossary of NHL bets

All season long, you’ll have scores of potential bets to consider. Sportsbooks will have odds available for each game on the schedule. The main game listing will have the numbers for the three top pregame bets:

 MoneylineGoal LineTotal
Montreal Canadiens+100+1.5 (-140)Over 5.5 (-110)
Ottawa Senators-115 -1.5 (+120)Under 5.5 (-110)

The numbers next to the team names are for the moneyline, goal line and total, in that order. Here’s how these wagers work:

  • Moneyline: A straightforward bet on the winner of the game. Favourites will have negative odds, while underdogs will be positive.
  • Goal line: The spread element for NHL betting. Your selection has to cover the line. You can pick the favourite minus the spread number or the underdog plus the number.
  • Totals: How many total goals will the two teams combine for? You get to choose over or under on the estimated number that the book sets.

The main lines are the most popular, but you’ll also find some alternatives at adjusted odds, such as a goal line of 2.5 or a total of 5.0. In addition to the big three, you’ll also see wagers such as the following:

Props

Additional wagers on things that might happen in the game, such as the statistical accomplishments of a key player.

How many total points for Brady Tkachuk?

  • Over 5 (+145)
  • Under 5 (-125)

Parlays

You can combine multiple wagers as part of a single bet. If you’re right on all of them, you win, but if you get any of them wrong, your parlay loses.

NHL goal line parlay:

  • Winnipeg Jets +1.5 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (-156).
  • Montreal Canadiens -1.5 vs. Ottawa Senators (-102).
  • Total parlay odds of +225.

Futures

These wagers let you make predictions on future events, such as the player to win the next MVP award.

Odds to win Hart Trophy:

  • Connor McDavid +400
  • Auston Matthews +450
  • Nathan MacKinnon +500

In short, you’ll have plenty of ways to wager on the Senators all season long, including with live betting once the games begin.

Senators/NHL betting tips

While the NHL season is entertaining for fans, it can certainly be a grind for players. Athletes are human, after all, so they’ll naturally go through various peaks and valleys during the course of performing their jobs. When looking for clues on where the high and low points may be, take the time to assess this factor: rest.

Hockey is physically taxing, even for the most well-conditioned athletes. When clubs hit a stretch with lots of games over a few nights, it could impact performance. Additionally, long road trips can lead to wear and tear. When scouting matchups, keep this in mind and explore what the two sides are dealing with.

  • Did either side play the night before?
  • How many games for the two teams over the past five days?
  • What’s coming up next?
  • Is either side in the midst of a long home or road stretch?
  • Any injury or rest situations to be aware of?

By making note of all of the above, you may find an edge for a wager. For instance, a team on a lengthy road trip that’s banged up and has played three games in five nights could be squaring off with a well-rested, quality home team. There may be slates where you find one or two matchups like this, and others in which none fit the bill.

As with all betting strategies, there are absolutely no guarantees that this approach will work every single time. However, it’s a method that can bear some fruit over the long haul. If you try it out, be sure to track your results and make adjustments as necessary. Doing that will also be helpful for any NHL betting strategies you employ.

Vegas odds on the Senators

When looking for the best sports betting odds, the conventional wisdom for the past few decades has been to look at what the oddsmakers in Las Vegas have to say. These days, the numbers out of Sin City still hold lots of sway, but they’re not the only option.

As sportsbooks launch in newly legal markets, they come armed with numbers that are comparable to what folks will find out in the desert. Naturally, they won’t always be the same for every single wager, but they stack up very well on an overall basis. You can always see what Vegas has to say about the Senators betting odds, but you’ll find similar NHL numbers closer to home.

Ottawa Senators schedule

The NHL regular season generally gets underway in October and runs through April, followed by the Stanley Cup playoffs. All clubs usually play an 82-game season that follows a specific formula to balance each team’s schedule and give fans a chance to see all of the league’s stars at least a couple of times. For the Sens, an average schedule breaks down like this.

  • 28 games vs. division opponents
  • 24 games vs. other teams from the same conference
  • 30 games vs. clubs from the other conference

All season long, the odds feed on this page will have the numbers for whenever Ottawa is set to hit the ice. NHL season is the best time of the year for hockey fans, and the introduction of single-game wagering adds another facet.

Ottawa Senators home games

When the NHL returned to Ottawa, games took place at the Ottawa Civic Centre for the first few seasons. The team moved into its current digs in 1996. The venue was initially known as the Palladium, followed by Corel Centre and Scotiabank Place. The current name has stuck since 2013. Here are the details on where you can catch the Senators in person.

  • Name: Canadian Tire Centre
  • Address: 1000 Palladium Drive, Ottawa, ON
  • Owner: Eugene Melnyk, Capital Sports Properties Inc.
  • Capacity: 18,652
  • Groundbreaking: July 7, 1994
  • Opening date: 15, 1996
  • Construction cost: $170 million
  • Other events: Minor league hockey, concerts, miscellaneous entertainment

How to watch/listen to Senators games

All Senators games will appear on the TV in one of three places: Sportsnet, TSN and Canadian French-language channel TVA Sports. Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert are the main primary play-by-play voices, with a rotating cast of commentators.

The flagship radio station is CFGO 1200 AM, with several regional affiliates picking up the feed. Dean Brown handles the call on the dial with Gord Wilson chipping in with analysis. There’s also a French-language broadcast on CFGO 94.5 FM.

Recent Senators draft picks

While things haven’t been great for the Senators lately, the good news is that the club has been able to acquire plenty of draft capital. In 2020, the team had six selections in the first two rounds of the NHL draft. Here’s who the team landed:

  • Tim Stutzle, LW, Manheim Eagles
  • Jake Sanderson, D, US National U18
  • Ridly Greig, C, Brandon Wheat Kings
  • Roby Jarveventie, LW, KooVee Tampere
  • Tyler Kleven, D, US National U18
  • Egor Sokolov, C, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles

That’s quite the haul, and if the prospects develop, the future could be bright for the Senators. If we look back over the past decade, here are the players the club selected in the first round.

  • 2019: Lassi Thomson, D, Kelowna Rockets
  • 2018: Brady Tkachuk, LW, Boston University
  • 2018: Jacob Bernard-Docker, D, Okotoks Oilers
  • 2017: Shane Bowers, C, Waterloo Black Hawks
  • 2016: Logan Brown, C, Windsor Spitfires
  • 2015: Thomas Chabot, D. Saint John Sea Dogs
  • 2015: Colin White, C, US National Development
  • 2013: Curtis Lazar, C, Edmonton Oil Kings
  • 2012: Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa 67’s
  • 2011: Mika Zibanejad, C, Djurgardens IF Stockholm
  • 2011: Stefan Noesen, RW, Plymouth Whalers
  • 2011: Matt Puempel, LW, Peterborough Petes

Franchise stat leaders

The expansion Senators dealt with some lean years, and the last few seasons have also been a rough patch. In between, however, plenty of talent has made its way through Ottawa. Here are the all-time team leaders in some key stats:

CategoryPlayerTenure
Games Played - SkaterChris Phillips, 1,1791997-2015
GoalsDaniel Alfredsson, 4261995-2013
AssistsDaniel Alfredsson, 6821995-2013
PointsDaniel Alfredsson, 1,1081995-2013
ShotsDaniel Alfredsson, 3,3201995-2013
Power Play GoalsDaniel Alfredsson, 1311995-2013
Games Played - GoalieCraig Anderson, 4352010-20
WinsCraig Anderson, 2022010-20
Goals Against AveragePatrick Lalime, 2.321999-2004
Save PercentageRobin Lehner, .9142010-15

Senators coaching staff

D.J. Smith became the 13th coach in franchise history in May 2019. He played in the NHL from 1997 through 2004 before moving into coaching. Prior to taking the head job in Ottawa, he was on staff with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here’s the lineup of Senators assistant coaches:

  • Jack Capuano, associate coach
  • Davis Payne, assistant coach
  • Bob Jones, assistant coach
  • Pierre Groulx, goaltending coach
  • Mike King, video coach

Past Senators coaches

The Senators are in rebuilding mode, so the jury is still temporarily out on Smith. The team has struggled through his first two campaigns and failed to make it to the postseason, but the hope is that the growing pains will lead to better days moving forward. Here’s a look at how the previous five head coaches fared in Ottawa.

NameTenureRegular SeasonPlayoffs
Marc Crawford20197-10-1N/A
Guy Boucher2016-1972-71-2111-8
Dave Cameron2014-1670-50-172-4
Paul MacLean2011-14114-90-358-9
Cory Clouston2009-1195-83-202-4

Senators logo/mascot 

The original logo for the expansion Senators made its debut before the team took the ice for the first time. In 1991, the head of a Roman centurion figure was unveiled in a design featuring team colours. While the team has alternative uniforms and the logo has seen some tweaks, the main colours are red, black and white with some gold trim.

The official mascot of the Sens is Spartacat, a lion-like character. Spartacat sports the home team jersey and provides entertainment during the game, and also makes special appearances throughout the region. The first appearance for Spartacat came in a 1992 home game versus the Montreal Canadiens.

Who owns the Senators?

In 1990, the NHL awarded an expansion franchise to a group led by Bruce Firestone and his Terrace Investments firm. The Ottawa Senators began play in the 1992-93 season with an initial franchise fee of $50 million. Financial difficulties would lead to the team falling under the control of Rob Bryden and Terrace Investments not too long after play began.

Bryden was in charge for about a decade, but financial troubles once again plagued the franchise. The club actually had to file for bankruptcy in the midst of the 2002-03 campaign, but emergency funding allowed operations to continue. Prior to the 2003-04 season, pharmaceutical billionaire Eugene Melnyk snagged the club from near ruin for $92 million.

Melnyk remains the owner of the team, and the value of the franchise has spiked to $430 million according to the latest estimates. Here are some of the key members of the current management team:

  • Pierre Dorion, general manager
  • Peter MacTavish, assistant general manager
  • Tim Pattyson, director of hockey operations
  • Allison Vaughan, manager of hockey administration
  • Sean McCauley, manager, hockey operations
  • Jordan Silmser, director, team services

How much are Senators tickets?

You can buy tickets on the Ottawa Senators team page at NHL.com. You’ll also be able to find seats at all of the major resellers, including sites such as TicketMaster, VividSeats and TicketSmarter. Here’s a rough ballpark range of what you can expect to spend:

  • $15-17 on the low end.
  • $40-80 for most seats.
  • $54 average ticket price for the most recent season.
  • Suites can run into the thousands

As always, prices are subject to change. Costs could spike, for instance, based on how the team is playing and the quality of the opponent. Current seating capacity at the Canadian Tire Centre is 18,652. The venue first opened its doors in 1996 and expanded in 2005.

Where to stream Senators games

Sportsnet and TSN serve as the main broadcast homes for Senators games, and there’s also a Canadian French-language option on TVA Sports. You can find the networks on cable, satellite and streaming packages, but be sure to take the time to confirm that they are available in any new plans you’re interested in.

The networks also provide streaming options for online and mobile users, but this generally requires valid login credentials from your provider. The NHL Live subscription service also provides coverage of games, but local market blackout rules apply. Audio streaming of the radio call of Sens games is available on TuneIn radio and other streaming options.

Ottawa Senators franchise by the numbers 

While the Sens are approaching three decades of existence, they’re one of the youngest NHL franchises in terms of history. It has been a fun ride in Ottawa with plenty of twists and turns. Here are some more details on the team from the nation’s capital.

How much would it cost to buy the Senators?

On the latest Forbes franchise valuation list of the NHL’s 31 teams, the Senators check in at 26th place with a value of $430 million. That ranks them sixth out of the seven Canada-based clubs, just ahead of the Winnipeg Jets. At the top of the list are the New York Rangers at $1.65 billion, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs at $1.54 billion and the Montreal Canadiens at $1.34 billion.

Have the Senators ever had the first overall pick in the NHL draft?

In the early years of the franchise, the Senators had the first draft pick in three of four seasons. They made the following picks:

  • 1993: C Alexander Daigle
  • 1995: D Bryan Berard
  • 1996: D Chris Phillips

Daigle never quite lived up to his promise, but he did have a lengthy career while playing for several NHL and international teams. Berard never actually suited up for Ottawa and wound up being included in a multi-player trade. Phillips spent his entire career with the team, and the Senators retired his number.

Who is the highest-paid player on the Senators?  

It’s Thomas Chabot on top, followed by goaltender Matt Murray and left wing Evgenii Dadonov. Here are the five highest-paid Senators players along with their salaries for the 2020-21 campaign:

  • D Thomas Chabot, $8 million
  • G Matt Murray, $6.25 million
  • LW Evgenii Dadonov, $5 million
  • C Colin White, $4.75 million
  • C Artem Anisimov, $4.55 million

How many Senators are in the NHL Hall of Fame?

To date, just three members of the Senators have gained induction into the Hall of Fame. Roger Neilson, who served as both assistant and head coach with the team, was inducted as a builder in 2002. The legendary Dominik Hasek, who played for the club from 2005-06, was inducted in 2014. In 2020, longtime Ottawa winger Marian Hossa took his place among hockey royalty.

How many numbers have the Senators retired?  

The franchise has retired just three numbers thus far, including one from the original incarnation of the team. Ottawa has also honoured former head coach and general manager Brian Murray in its ring of honour. Here’s the trio of Senators numbers that won’t be worn again.

  • 4 — D Chris Phillips
  • 8 — RW Frank Finnigan
  • 11 — RW Daniel Alfredsson

What’s the furthest that the Senators have ever made it in the playoffs?

The 2006-07 Senators team made it to the Stanley Cup Final before falling to the Anaheim Ducks in five games. During the regular season, Ottawa racked up 105 points. The strong play continued into the postseason as the club won three series in a row in five games over the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres. The club has made it to the conference finals two other times in franchise history.

  • 2002-03: Lost in seven games to the New Jersey Devils.
  • 2016-17: Lost in seven games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In what season did the Senators record the most points?

Ottawa has topped 100 points six times in the regular season. The high-water mark of 113 happened on two occasions. Here are all six seasons at the 100-point mark or more and what the ultimate result was in the postseason.

  • 1998-99: 103 points, swept in conference quarterfinals
  • 2000-01: 109 points, swept in conference quarterfinals
  • 2002-03: 113 points, lost seven-game conference final
  • 2003-04: 102 points, lost seven-game conference quarterfinal
  • 2005-06: 113 points, lost five-game conference semifinal
  • 2006-07: 105 points, lost five-game Stanley Cup Final

How long did the original Ottawa Senators last in the NHL?

The original incarnation of the Ottawa Senators was one of the founding members of the National Hockey Association, which was the direct predecessor to the NHL. The club was originally founded in 1883, and played in the NHL from 1917 through 1934. The Senators were quite the powerhouse of a club, winning 11 Stanley Cups from 1903 to 1927. Financial difficulties plagued the first NHL club in Ottawa as well, however. The team relocated to St. Louis in 1934, but lasted just a single season in the NHL. The club would continue to operate as the Senior Senators, an amateur and semi-pro squad that lasted until 1954.

Which Senators player scored the most game-winning goals?  

On the franchise leaderboards, Daniel Alfredsson tops the charts in a number of categories. He’s first in game-winning goals, as well. Here are the top five Sens who have stuck the dagger in opponents:

  • Daniel Alfredsson, 69
  • Jason Spezza, 36
  • Marian Hossa, 32
  • Mike Fisher, Dany Heatley and Alexei Yashin, 31

Which Senators goalie has recorded the most shutouts?

Patrick Lalime’s time in Ottawa may have been short, but his tenure in net from 1999 through 2004 was certainly noteworthy. He set the franchise mark for shutouts during that span along with other records. Here are the top five on the shutouts list.

  • Patrick Lalime, 30
  • Craig Anderson, 28
  • Ron Tugnutt, 13
  • Damian Rhodes, 11
  • Brian Elliott, 9