Ottawa Senators (42-27-10) at Boston Bruins (44-30-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 6, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under:
The Ottawa Senators battle the Boston Bruins with second in the Atlantic still up for grabs in Thursday night NHL hockey action.
The Detroit Red Wings are going to miss the postseason after 25 straight appearances and they tried to bring the Ottawa Senators with them Tuesday but their offense failed to generate anything in a 2-0 defeat. Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard was left on his lonesome and his 22 stops wasn’t enough to get the job done. The Senators certainly didn’t light up the scoreboard but didn’t need too with Tom Pyatt and Erik Karlsson finding the back of the net to give Craig Anderson and his 24 save performance all the support he needed. In the process, Anderson earned shutout number five on the season and helped Ottawa put an end to a five game slide that has come at the worse time of the year. The Senators are just a single point away from wrapping up a postseason berth and have three games to get it.
The Boston Bruins are heading back to the postseason after upending the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 to interrupt the Lightning’s last ditch push to secure the second Wild Card in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins clamped down on the Lightning attack behind strong goaltending and their reward was locking up a postseason berth for themselves thanks to a 28 save performance from Tuukka Rask who logged his 8th shutout of the year. Boston was balanced at the offensive end of the ice with David Pastrnak lighting the lamp twice with Drew Stafford and Zdeno Chara joining him in the scoring column. Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded a hefty 34 saves but at the end off the day he needed some offensive help to keep a playoff berth within grasp.
The Senators are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and the Senators are 0-5 in their last 5 road games while the Senators are 0-5 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and the Bruins are 6-0 in their last 6 overall while the Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Senators are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 5-1-4 in the last 10 meetings in Boston while the Senators are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston.
The trends say the Ottawa Senators and the over have cashed in this match up but I have to see if this game means anything to Boston who I’ll back if it does once goalies are confirmed…