Ottawa Senators (15-14-7) at Boston Bruins (19-15-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 3, 2015, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -185 / Ottawa Senators +166 --- Over/Under: 5
The Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins play Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden.
The Ottawa Senators have split their last six games and remain at the bottom of the Atlantic. The Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Clarke MacArthur and Mike Hoffman have combined for 22 goals, Erik Karlsson has 18 assists and Bobby Ryan has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Craig Anderson has allowed 56 goals on 767 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 39 goals on 429 shots. The Senators have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Boston Bruins have split their last eight games and are trying to hang around in their division. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have four power play goals in their last five games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 10 goals, Carl Soderberg has 20 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 23 goals on 282 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 75 goals on 830 shots.
The Senators are 2-7 in their last 9 road games and 1-8 in their last 9 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Bruins are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 43-18 in their last 61 home games. The Senators are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Boston and 18-38 in the last 56 meetings overall.
Boston rarely loses at home and the Senators have had very little success against the Bruins in the past. The home team has to be the pick here if you don't mind paying for the heavy chalk.