Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins Matchup 11/2/19

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The Ottawa Senators, fueled by Connor Brown and Thomas Chabot, are preparing to take the ice against David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in a divisional showdown. New England Sports Network will broadcast the action, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 2.

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins Odds

Boston enters the contest as the substantial favorite with a moneyline of -360. The line for the Senators is standing at +275, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at 6 goals (-115 over, -105 under).

Earning moneyline bettors 5.8 units, Boston is 9-3 straight up (SU) overall this year. That winning percentage, the NHL’s best so far in this young season, is an improvement compared to how the team performed during the 2018-19 season (49-33). Through 12 regular season outings, six of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 5-1 SU at home thus far.

The Bruins enter the matchup with the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve scored on 31.0 percent of their extra-man chances this year. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.2 percent of all penalties.

Sporting a .951 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (6-1-1) has been the best goalkeeper for Boston this season. If the Bruins decide to rest him, however, head coach Bruce Cassidy may turn to Jaroslav Halak (3-2-2 record, .919 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).

On the other hand, Ottawa is 3-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of six of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under the total and none have pushed. As the visiting team, the Senators are 0-4 SU so far.

The Senators have converted on just 5.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 32nd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 14th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.

Anders Nilsson (.919 save percentage and 3.36 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Ottawa. Nilsson is averaging 34.0 saves per game and owns a 1-4-1 record.

Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone over in four of Ottawa’s last five outings.
  • After averaging 32.7 shots per game as a team last season (the 10th-most in the league), Boston’s attempted 33.8 shots per game overall this season, and 32.8 in their last five home games.
  • Ottawa skaters registered 21.7 hits per game last season, while the Bruins posted 24.7 hits per contest.