Boston -130 over Ottawa for your NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, December 28, 2013 3:03 PM GMT

The Senators host the Bruins on Saturday at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with the opening puck drop coming at 7:05 PM ET. Find out where we believe the best value lies.
According to NHL betting odds the Bruins are a -130 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.0.
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A Quick Rematch
 
These two clubs met last night at the TD Garden in Boston, and the Bruins shutout the Senators 5-0. Tuukka Rask continued his strong play in goal for the Bruins stopping all 33 Ottawa shots, and recorded his 4 shutout of the season. The Bruins broke the game open in the 3rd period with 4-goals to pull away for the easy win. Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith each contributed a pair of goals. Robin Lehner was in goal for Ottawa and stopped 37 of 42 Boston shots on net. Boston is 16-5 in their last 21-games at Ottawa.
 
Where they are now
 
Boston increased their lead in the Atlantic Division to 5-points over 2nd place Tampa Bay. Boston remains 3-points behind Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference Lead, after the Penguins were 4-3 winners at Carolina last night. The Bruins do have 2-games in hand on the Penguins. Ottawa is 6th in the Atlantic Division, and tied for 13th overall in the Eastern Conference.
 
Home-and-Home
 
The Bruins have gone a very good 6-1 in their last 7-games when playing with no rest. Boston hasn’t seen any of their last 6-games go under the total, and have gone 6-2 in their last 8, when playing in the second game of a home-and-home situation.
 
The Ottawa Senators have gone a miserable 0-8 in their last 8-games when playing with no rest. The Senators have gone 2-6 in their last 8, and have gone over the total in 4 of their last 5, when playing in the second game of a home-and-home situation.
 
The Probable Goaltenders Tonight
 
In all likelihood it will be Chad Johnson in goal tonight for Boston. Johnson is 6-2 this season, with a 2.40 GAA, and a .911 save percentage. Johnson last started in a 4-2 loss at Buffalo on 12/19. He wasn’t sharp in that loss stopping just 19 of 23 Buffalo shots on goal. This would be Johnson’s first start of the season versus Ottawa.
 
Craig Anderson will get the start in goal tonight for Ottawa. After struggling for the better part of the season, Anderson will look to build off the momentum from his last start. In that start he stopped all 27 shots on goal in a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, and recorded his 2nd shutout of the season. Anderson has gone 10-13 in 23 starts this season with a lofty 3.27 GAA, and an average at best .901 save percentage.
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NHL Betting Systems for this Matchup
 
Play against any team (Ottawa) following a loss by 5-goals or more in their previous game, versus an opponent which has scored 3-goals or more in each of their last 3-games. When playing against that team in this exact situation, you would be 34-16 (68%) versus the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season.
 
Any team (Boston) playing in the 1st half of the season that comes off a home shutout win, they have a winning record on the season, versus an opponent with a losing record, is 44-9 (83%) versus the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. Take Boston over Ottawa for your free NHL picks.
NHL Pick: Boston -130 over Ottawa