NHL Picks: Bruins vs. Senators

David Schwab

Monday, March 11, 2013 3:49 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 11, 2013 3:49 PM UTC

The Boston Bruins will head north of the border this Monday night for a Northeast Division tilt against the Ottawa Senators at ScotiaBank Place. The game is slated to get underway at 4:30 p.m. (PT) and it will be available on NHL Center Ice.

Bruins Overview

Boston rolled over Toronto 4-2 as a 207 home favorite and beat Philadelphia 3-0 as a home 156 favorite in its last two outings to improve to 8-1-1 in its last 10 games and 16-3-3 overall. It is now holding down the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings with 35 points. The total has stayed UNDER in five of its last eight games.

The Bruins have been able to pick up the pace on the offensive end of the ice during this recent run with three or more goals in nine of the 10 games. They are now ranked ninth in the NHL in scoring with an average of three goals a game. On the other end of the ice, goaltender Tuukka Rask has led the way with a goals-against-average of 1.97 to go along with a .927 save percentage. Overall, Boston is ranked third in the league in goals allowed (2.1) and first against the power play with a kill rate of 92.1 percent.

Senators Overview

The Senators continue to try and battle their way into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 30 points as a result of a 13-8-4 record in their first 25 games this year. They snapped a four-game losing streak this past Friday with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers as 139 road underdogs. All five of those games were played on the road, but now Ottawa returns home where it has gone 9-1-2 this season. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its last six games overall.

Injuries continue to be a major concern for the Senators with as many as seven players on their current list including goalie Craig Anderson. He has missed his last seven starts and remains questionable for this game with a sprained ankle. In his place, look for Ben Bishop to get the call, although this has not been confirmed. He has a 2.54 GAA and .925 save percentage in eight previous games. Another concern for Ottawa has been an anemic offense that is generating an average of just 2.2 goals a game. However, it did manage to post a combined seven goals in its last two outings.

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Bruins vs. Senators Betting Lines and Trends

Boston has been opened as a 142 road favorite by the NHL odds makers with the Senators listed as 129 underdogs at home. The total for this game has been set at 5.

The Bruins are 8-2 in their last 10 road games and 7-2 in their last nine games against a team with a winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games following a win.

The Senators are 5-0 in their last five games at home and 4-1 in their last five games following a win. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games against the division.

The road team is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings in this series and the total has stayed UNDER in the last three games. Boston won the first meeting this season 2-1 in overtime as a 220 home favorite.

Bruins vs. Senators Free NHL Pick 

The recent trends in this matchup tend to favor the Bruins, but the favorable odds on the current money line favor Ottawa as a substantial underdog at home. The Senators have been a much more effective team at ScotiaBank Place this season and my free NHL pick to even up this year’s series against their division rivals with a hard-fought win on Monday night

NHL Picks: Ottawa 3    Boston 2 (lines provided by BetOnline)

Year-to-Date NHL Record: 17-10-2
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