Boston Bruins (36-23-11) at Ottawa Senators (34-24-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 19, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under:
The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators play Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Bruins are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored three goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 22 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 29 assists and Loui Eriksson has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Tuukka Rask has allowed 128 goals on 1,689 shots faced and Niklas Svedberg has given up 32 goals on 400 shots.
The Ottawa Senators look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Senators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators have two power play goals in their last four games and have won eight straight when scoring at least three goals. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 24 goals, Erik Karlsson has 38 assists and Mark Stone has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Craig Anderson has allowed 80 goals on 1,067 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 74 goals on 779 shots.
The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 51-22 in their last 73 vs. a team with a losing record. The Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Bruins are 17-5 in the last 22 meetings in Ottawa and 39-19 in the last 58 meetings overall.
The Senators are the hottest team in the league and need this game in order to gain ground in the playoff race. I like the Senators to stay hot on their home ice.