Boston Bruins (45-31-7) at Ottawa Senators (44-29-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 15, 2017, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +100 / Boston Bruins -120 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ottawa Senators look to find their scoring touch and avoid a 2-0 hole as they host the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
The Bruins got a late goal in regulation to steal game one and home ice advantage away from the Ottawa Senators and now have a chance to take both games and head back to Boston with a 2-0 lead which would be a nightmare scenario for the Sens. Boston didn’t have the greatest game in the series opener and were lucky to get the victory but that is actually a great sign for them here as they were still able to get a win after being outplayed and if they can tighten things up even a little bit they are in the driver’s seat in this game as their special teams is far and above Ottawa right now and that could be a huge factor tonight. Tuukka Rask will get the start as he will face off against Craig Anderson.
The Senators meanwhile haven’t looked the part of a playoff team for the last few weeks and things haven’t gotten any easier lately as they dropped a crucial series opener and now can only hope to salvage a split at home before heading to the Garden. Ottawa hasn’t had a great season offensively and they will need to find a groove if they’re going to keep up with the fire power of the Bruins, and while neither team was able to find the back of the net with great success in the first game I think we could see things open up a lot more here, especially if the Senators find themselves down early.
The B’s are 5-1 in their last six following a win and 5-2 in their last seven overall while the Sens are 3-7 in their last 10 overall and 1-6 in their last seven on two days rest. This series has the makings of ending quickly if Ottawa can’t find their scoring touch but they did play well in game one and I think they manage to get the win here and tie the series.