Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/29/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Ottawa Senators (18-12-6) at Boston Bruins (19-12-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins square off early Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
The Ottawa Senators look for a nice road victory after splitting their last six games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power plays. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 17 goals, Bobby Ryan has 22 assists and Kyle Turris has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their power play chances. Craig Anderson has allowed 77 goals on 973 shots faced and Andrew Hammond has given up 15 goals on 201 shots. Anderson has allowed four goals in his last three games.
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The Boston Bruins could also use a nice victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 27.4 percent of their power plays. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 15 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 21 assists and Loui Eriksson has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 59 goals on 720 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 27 goals on 287 shots. Rask has allowed six goals in his last three games. Torey Krug is questionable.
The Senators are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 7-2 in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Bruins are 11-2 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest. The Senators are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Boston and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Senators have had trouble on the road as of late and haven't had much success playing in Boston over the years. In a game between two shaky teams at the moment, I'm siding with the Bruins at home.