Senators-Bruins easily to go UNDER the TOTAL

Dana Lane

Saturday, December 30, 2017 4:43 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 4:43 PM UTC

Huge offensive output by the Senators last night doesn’t carry over when they host the Boston Bruins at the Canadian Tire Center; Puck drops at 4:00 PT / 7:00 ET

Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators

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Free NHL Pick: UNDER 5.5Best Line Offered: at Heritage

We just keep rolling along.

Last night the Carolina Hurricanes cashed another ticket by holding the Pittsburgh Penguins in check. The books took a bath on this one with the money pushing this line from Carolina -113, to a closing number of -140 in some spots despite 54% of the total bets coming in on Pittsburgh.

Make sure to always check out the SBR Odds page which is by far the best source for the sharpest lines.

Tonight we head to Canada where it appears that the Boston Bruins could be getting one or two guys back. David Krecji seems the most likely to play, with Adam McQuaid likely still a few days away. If you have watched me on the ‘Ice Guys Show’ or been a regular reader to this column you know how I feel about guys returning to the line-up. True, it would be nice to have Krecji back centering Ryan Spooner and Jake Debrusk giving Boston some more depth while sending Spooner back to the wing, but when guys come back they need at least a game to get acclimated to the speed of the game. Krecji hasn’t played in two weeks so there is sure to be some rust.

Apparently, bettors don’t agree.

This line opened 5.5, -105 each way but has been bet up to -115 to the OVER in some spots. I’m not sure I understand the thinking unless the betting public is taking what the saw last night, a 5-4 Senators win over Columbus, and thinking the same will happen tonight. This is a Senators team that is ranked 27th in scoring over the last month and 25th overall (2.69) so why would we anticipate that all of a sudden the Senators will find offensive consistency? Before last night the Senators managed a grand total of one goal against Florida and Boston.

You may remember the Bruins 5-1 win against Ottawa on Wednesday. Although Boston managed to score enough to put the game over I didn’t think it was as easy as the final score may have indicated. There were times when the Bruins were sloppy if not frustrated through the neutral zone which is where I think the Senators keep this game low scoring. Remember back to last year playoffs when Boston had a hard time finding a shot on goal? True, injuries were a huge part of that but in order for Ottawa to have any success they must play playoff hockey, and let’s face it, when you’re 12 points out of a playoff spot it’s time to play playoff, defensive minded hockey. Traveling to a place where the Bruins have played well at should allow Ottawa to play a complete 60 minute game where they shut the Bruins down.

Cash our ticket with the UNDER!

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