Squaring off for the fourth and final time this season, the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins collide at TD Garden in a divisional showdown. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 7, and fans at home will be able to view it live on CiTV.
Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Netting moneyline bettors 6.5 units, Boston is 49-31 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That winning percentage, ranked fifth in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 44-38 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Out of the teams 80 regular season matches, 42 of them have gone under the total, while 35 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team is 27-12 SU at home this year.
The Bruins have been able to convert on 23.6 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for fourth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.4 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Bruins have been penalized 3.8 times per game overall this season, 4.4 per game over their past five outings total, and 4.4 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
Sporting a .919 save percentage and 25.8 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (34-19-5) has been the best option in goal for the Bruins this season. If head coach Bruce Cassidy chooses to give him a rest, however, the team could roll with Anton Khudobin (15-15-15 record, .913 save percentage, 2.58 goals against average).
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Bruins. Marchand (85 points) is up to 34 goals and 51 assists and has recorded multiple points in 27 different games this year. Pastrnak has 33 goals and 45 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 53 games.
On the other side of the ice, Ottawa is 28-53 straight up (SU) and has lost 19.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 43 of its contests have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and none have pushed. The Senators are 12-28 SU as an away team this season.
The Senators have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 28th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.1 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s players have been penalized 3.4 times per game this season, 3.8 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson (3.32 goals against average and .898 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 27.4 saves per game and has 24 wins, 34 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.
Erik Karlsson (nine goals, 53 assists) has been one of the top playmaking threats for the visiting Senators.
Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
- The majority (57.1 percent) of Boston’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 28-16 overall in such games. 11 of Ottawa’s 28 wins (39.3 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
- The Senators are 11-26 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-35 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
- Ottawa is 2-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 3-3 in shootouts.
- Boston might hold an advantage if it’s a close one late. The teams 21-15 in games decided by one goal, while Ottawa is only 17-26 in such games.
- The over has hit in three of Ottawa’s last five games.
- Boston has averaged 3.3 goals per game this year, but is averaging 1.7 goals per contest on its three-game losing skid.
- Boston is ranked 14th this season with 9.3 giveaways per game. That figure has improved lately, however, as it’s averaged 7.0 giveaways over its last 10 games and 7.4 giveaways over its last five.
- Ottawa skaters have averaged 7.8 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 9.9 giveaways per game (ranked 18th overall).
- This game features two of the tougher teams in the league. Ottawa skaters have accounted for the leagues fifth-most hits per game (24.0) and the Bruins have registered the ninth-most (23.5).