Champion Handicapper Dana Lane explains why the Bruins defensive injuries are too much to rely on a low scoring game.
After a hard fought game three in which the Senators took a 2-1 lead in their best of seven series, Senators head coach Guy Boucher gave his players the day off. It’s a good move considering the physical nature of the first three games.
If history is any indication of what will happen tonight the Senators will leave Beantown with a 3-1 series lead. Ottawa has beaten Boston four straight games at the TD Garden and six of seven overall. In five games this season Ottawa has averaged four goals per game, outscoring the B’s 20-14.
Not all is bleak if you’re a Bruins fan, you can bet they will come out fired up after a horrible call or a lack of one led to a Senators power play that paved the way to their game-winning goal. Reilly Nash was hit in the head by Bobby Ryan without a penalty called until Nash’s quick jab to Ryan’s head was called. At the worst, both players should have received penalties. The TD Garden will be electric with memories of the game three ending.
The Senators should get plenty of chances to score against the depleted Bruins blue line. Torey Krug, Brandon Carlo, Adam McQuaid, and Colin Miller are battling injuries. The defensive losses have forced the Bruins to play Joe Morrow who has been a healthy scratch for most of the season. Boston is relying on the 19-year old Charlie McAvoy to give them minutes. If I’m the Senators I play a pressure oriented game that will force the defensemen to make bad passes, leading to offensive chances.
Both goaltenders will be challenged so let’s grab the ‘over’ for our NHL pick and get reay to cash that ticket.