Road Dog Senators Our NHL Pick To Take Down Struggling Bruins

Bruce Webster

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 1:40 PM GMT

The Ottawa Senators face the Boston Bruins in game two of a home-and-home series. This time, they meet at the TD Garden in Boston. Join us and get the best NHL picks for the night.

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins
Lines:
+150
Total: 5½
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Free NHL Pick: Ottawa Senators
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

 

 

The NHL odds are for game two of a home-and-home series between the Ottawa Senators (18-12-2-4 SU, 17-19 PL, 17-19-0 OU) and the Boston Bruins (19-12-3-1 SU, 16-19 PL, 17-16-2 OU). On Sunday night it was Ottawa that won by a 3-1 score. The Bruins have now lost three straight games, while Ottawa comes in having won just three of their last eight games. The home team has won seven of the last 10 in the series.

 

Anderson Tops Bruins with 38 Saves
Craig Anderson hasn’t had a really strong year in goal, but he has been a bit better of late as he has not allowed more than three goals in 11 straight games. He comes in off of a strong performance vs the Bruins, in which he stopped 38 of their 39 shots. Anderson has now allowed a total of four goals in his last three starts. He should get the start in this one as well and is 7-7 with a 3.04 GAA while vs the Bruins he is now 6-10 with a 3.37 GAA in his career. Defense has not been a strong suit of the Senators this year as they come in ranked 24th in goals allowed; giving up 2.8 gpg, 30th in shots allowed (34 spg) and 23rd in penalty kill (78.3%). 

The offense has been a different story for this team as they come in ranked 4th in the league in scoring, putting up 2.9 gpg, despite the fact that they are just 28th in the league in shots taken per game at 27.5 spg. They have been decent on the power play, where they are 12th in the league. Mark Stone led the attack vs Boston by scoring his 9th and 10th goals of the year, while Mika Zibanejad scored his 6th of the year and Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson each had two assists in the game as well.

 

Bruins Get Stymied by Anderson for 3rd Loss in a Row
The Boston Bruins have been one of the top offensive teams in the league this year, but lately they have been mediocre at best. Through their first 25 games, Boston put up four or more goals 10 times, but in her last 10 games they have accomplished that feat just once and following the 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Saturday, they have now scored a total of four goals in their last three games. Scoring their lone goal vs the Sens was David Krejci, who notched his 11th of the year. The Bruins still rank 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.0 gpg and 1st in power play conversions at 27.4%.

The offense has taken a bit of a down turn, but the defense has headed the other way of late. In their first 24 games, they allowed four or more goals nine times, but in their last 11 games now they have allowed more than three goals just once. Tuukka Rask has been a big part of that as he has now allowed two goals or less in nine straight games. He took the loss vs Ottawa, but should still get the start vs them here. Rask is just 6-8 with a 2.81 GAA at home for the year and he is 7-5 with a 2.30 GAA in his career vs the Sens. Boston checks in at 19th in the league in goals allowed, giving up 2.7 gpg and 13th in penalty kill (81.3%).     

 

Trends for Ottawa:
1-5 in their last six vs. the Eastern Conference
0-5 in their last five road games

 

Trends for Boston:
11-2 in their last 13 vs. the Eastern Conference
8-9-2 at home this year

 

Betting Analysis
Ottawa and Craig Anderson have both been better on the road than at home, and I feel that they will have another solid effort in this one. Boston has not played well at home recently. Ottawa is the stronger team here, with the much better goalie and they should continue well vs a team that hasn’t played well recently. Take that into account for your NHL picks.