Ottawa Senators (5-2-2) at Boston Bruins (6-6-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 1, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -160 / Ottawa Senators +145 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins play Saturday night at the TD Garden.
The Ottawa Senators have cooled off a bit by losing three of their last four games and falling out of first place in the Atlantic. The Senators are still a balanced team that’s playing well on both sides of the ice. Offensively, Ottawa averages 2.8 goals per game and has scored nine goals in its last two games. Clarke MacArthur leads the Senators with five goals, Kyle Turris has five assists and Erik Karlsson hs 41 shots on goal. The Ottawa Senators have won seven of their last eight games when scoring three or more goals. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.3 goals, as Robin Lehner has given up nine on 147 shots and Craig Anderson has allowed 12 on 182 shots. The Senators have been average on the power play killing and have allowed at least one power play goal in three of their last four games.
The Boston Bruins have won five of their last eight games to pull back to a .500 record. The Bruins offense has picked up the pace lately, scoring three or more goals in seven of their last eight games. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 32 shots on goal, Milan Lucic has six assists and Carl Soderberg is one of many Bruins with three goals. The Boston Bruins have won 20 of their last 24 regular season games when scoring at least three goals. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals, as Niklas Svedberg has allowed seven on 117 shots and Tuukka Rask has allowed 22 on 217 shots faced. The Bruins have allowed just one power play goal in their last four games to improve their average to 80 percent on the season.
The Senators are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Bruins are 37-14 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest and 44-19 in their last 63 home games. The Senators are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Boston, while the home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Boston very rarely loses on its home ice, and Ottawa hasn't been playing with the same edge it started the season with. While the price may be a little steep, I like the Bruins to protect home ice here and get the win.