Ottawa Senators (47-29-11) at Boston Bruins (46-32-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 23, 2017, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -161 / Ottawa Senators +145 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Boston Bruins look to keep their season alive as they return home to host the Ottawa Senators for game six on Sunday.
The Bruins needed a huge double overtime victory in game five to extend the series for at least another game as the landscape shifts back to Bean Town on Sunday in another do or die situation as the Sens have their second straight potential clinching game. Boston came into this series as the favourite in many people’s eyes but the Senators have been the better team throughout the course of the series and had their opportunity to clinch at home but the Bruins scored in the second period of overtime and brought some momentum back home with them. The B’s will send Tuukka Rask to the crease here as he will face off against Craig Anderson as both goaltenders will be out for a better performance after game five had plenty of scoring and veered away from the game plan that both of these teams usually implement.
The Senators meanwhile have another opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference semi-finals and set up a date with the New York Rangers who eliminated the Montreal Canadiens last night to book their ticket to the Atlantic division final. Ottawa backed their way into the playoffs and looked as though they were destined for an early first round exit but they have found their mid season form and are looking more like a contender at this point as they have had their way at times with a strong Bruins team in this series. Ottawa is a pretty heavy underdog in this spot but as we saw from the Blues on Saturday there is certainly a place on taking a road team in a clinching situation and the Sens are no different here. However, the better play appears to be on the total and while both goaltenders are strong I think the Bruins will be forced to open things up late and as such we hit the over via the empty net or a late third period tally.