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Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins - 12/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Bruins (20-10-6) at Ottawa Senators (11-16-8)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators +127 / Boston Bruins -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN

The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 15 goals, Torey Krug has 14 assists and Brad Marchand has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 52 goals on 651 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 32 goals on 413 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in five of their last six games.

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins - 12/30/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Ottawa Senators could use a win here after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 14 goals, Erik Karlsson has 20 assists and Mike Hoffman has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 79 goals on 760 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 30 goals on 329 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed a combined 10 goals in their last three games.

The Bruins are 62-30 in their last 92 Saturday games, 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games, 3-10 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-20 in their last 27 overall. The Bruins are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Ottawa, 3-10 in the last 13 meetings and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Ottawa Senators continue to pile up the losses and are getting drilled on the defensive end. The Boston Bruins are playing their best stretch of hockey right now and have done a lot of recent damage on the road. The Bruins have also improved a ton defensively over the last week or so. The Senators have had their way with the Bruins in past meetings, but these two teams are trending in different directions right now. I'll take the Bruins and the reasonable price on the road.

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