Add Home Favorite to Your NHL Picks for Bruins/Senators Ice Affair

David Lawrence

Thursday, March 19, 2015 2:42 PM GMT

Senators have caught fire. They’re just 4 points out of a playoff spot & can trim that down by beating the team that they’re chasing. They’re a small home favorite on the NHL odds vs. Bruins tonight.

The Boston Bruins Can Win Because…
They play well in this series. They actually have a winning record in Ottawa over the last three years (3-2) and have won 12 of the last 14 trips to Ottawa. This is not a place where they are intimindated. And as hot as the Senators have been of late, it’s worth noting that the Bruins were one of the two teams to have beaten them in the last month. Boston hosted the Sense on March 10th and ended up winning 3-1.

As mentioned, the Bruins have won three of the last five meetings and they haven’t had many issues putting the puck in the net. They’ve scored a whopping 18 goals in those contests.

While the Sens are getting some good goaltending right now, wich is why NHL betting odds favors them tonight. It’s not as if the Bruins have some kind of a slouch. Tuukka Rask has gone 6-2-1 with a 1.64 GAA in his last nine starts. And he’s won seven of 11 against Ottawa, posting a 1.99 GAA in that span (also won four of six meetings in Ottawa).

While the Sens are hot, the Bruins play very well in this series and shouldn’t have too many problems.

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The Ottawa Senators Can Win Because…
Rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond might be the best keeper in the NHL right now. He’s made just 12 starts so far but the Hamburglar has won 11 of those games and has allowed two goals or less in every single one of those outings. Only one other goaltender has ever had that type of a start (in terms of goals allowed) and that was Boston Bruins Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek, who had his stretch in 1938.

The Sens are clicking at both ends of the ice, they are 12-1-1 in their last 14 games. While everyone talks about the goaltending, their offense has perked up too. They were 20th in goals per game before the All-Star break, averaging just 2.67 per game. However, they’ve climbed to fourth overall since the break, averaging 2.96 per outing.

The Sens are hot right now and they see what’s in front of them. This is a must-win game for them and it’s also revenge. Take them with your NHL picks.

 

Outlook
Ottawa is the play that makes sense here. They have the momentum, they are playing their best hockey of the season and they have one of the hottest goaltenders between the pipes. They are also 11-4 when revenging a home loss to an opponent this season. As for the Bruins, they are just 9-15 on the year when playing on the road with a total of five or less. If you’ve been betting them in these spots, you’ve lost 7.2 units so far.

Boston has faded, posting back-to-back losses in must-win situations. They needed to beat the Washington Capitals, who are one of their chief competitors for a playoff spot, yet got shut out 2-0 on Sunday. Then they were a -500 home favorite to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday and lost that game too. Stick with the Sens as they’re the team that’s playing better right now and add them to your NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Senators -110 at The Greek