Tue 11/04/2017 - 11:54 EDT

Boston Bruins Vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Analysis

Boston Bruins Vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Analysis

By Bob Duff

The last time the Senators and Bruins clashed in the playoffs, it involved the original NHL Senators (1917-34) and the series took place during the 1927 Stanley Cup final. Ottawa won that one, the last time a team from the city won the Cup, so it could prove ominous if the Senators move on beyond this series.

A breakdown of the Ottawa/Boston match up, with odds provided courtesy of BetOnline.ag:

Boston Bruins (-180) vs. Ottawa Senators (+160)

bruins

You can argue that the Bruins are the playoff-hardened team, with seven players still around from their 2013 Stanley Cup finalist club but the reality is that the Bruins are doing it with smoke and mirrors. Boston went 11-25 this season against fellow playoff clubs, a solid indication that when push comes to shove, the Bruins will be shunted aside.

Forward Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Zdeno Chara are shadows of the players they once were and Brad Marchand is a wildcard, capable of dominating a game or taking himself out of the game via a foolish, selfish penalty. 

Tuukka Rask, the netminder who backstopped the Bruins to the 2012-13 Stanley Cup final, set personal bests this season for wins (37) and shutouts (eight) but his. 915 save percentage matched a career low and was well below his career number of .923.

The Senators dominated the Bruins this season, going 4-0, and have the ultimate X-factor in the series in defenseman Erik Karlsson, their team captain. A Hart and Norris Trophy contender, Karlsson led the Senators in scoring with 71 points and is capable of playing 30 minutes a night and completely taking control of a game. Three Ottawa players topped 20 goals and nine lit red lamps in double digits.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson enters the postseason as the NHL's first star of the week after he went 3-0-1 with a 1.44 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout to guide the Senators (44-28-10, 98 points) to gain seven out of a possible 10 standings points, a second-place finish in the Atlantic Division and with it home-ice advantage over Boston. Included in that performance was a 28-save effort in a 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins.

Pick: The Senators (+160) in seven games

Total  

sens

Here you have two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of the over/under. The Senators like to play it close to the vest. They win when they keep the score close and they keep it low.

Ottawa was an impressive 21-9-10 in one-goal games this season. The Senators posted 10 victories by a 2-1 score, six by a 3-2 margin, and five that were 2-0 decisions, as well a 1-0 win and a trio of 3-1 triumphs. The total went under in 28 Ottawa home games during the regular season.

Boston became a different team when Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien as coach and the Bruins are clearly a different team than the Senators in terms of style. The Bruins went 18-8-1 under Cassidy to climb into a playoff spot, but they did so while scoring four or more goals in 12 of those victories. Boston went 3-6 under Cassidy when scoring three or fewer goals. Boston went over in 37 games this season.

Advice: Play the under in Ottawa and the over in Boston.

Results / FixturesNHL
 

Category : Betting Picks

Tag : Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Analysis , Brad Marchand , Craig Anderson. , Erik Karlsson , Patrice Bergeron , Tuukka Rask , zdeno chara

More articles...
Betting Picks - 06/05/21
Champions League Final: Manchester City Favored In All-England Tilt 
Champions League Final: Manchester City Favored In All-England Tilt

Let's have a look at the 2021 UEFA Champions League final predictions.

Betting Picks - 05/05/21
Tyson-Lewis: Iron Mike Favored Over Lennox 
Tyson-Lewis: Iron Mike Favored Over Lennox

Check out our free betting picks for the great fight between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.

 
Betting Picks - 05/05/21
UFC 264: A Must Win Bout For McGregor 
UFC 264: A Must Win Bout For McGregor

They say that you find out who your real friends are when times are tough. Based on the UFC 264 picks, it looks as though the oddsmakers aren't prepared to abandon ship when it comes to Conor McGregor. The Irish fighter, at one time the simultaneous holder of two UFC world title belts, is a slight -115 favorite in his rematch with Dustin Poirier as the main event on the UFC 264 card.

Betting Picks - 03/05/21
Canelo vs Billy Joe: Alvarez Will Add Another Belt To His Resume 
Canelo vs Billy Joe: Alvarez Will Add Another Belt To His Resume

Four world titles will be on the line when Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders step into the ring on May 8th and Alvarez is the overwhelming -700 favorite in the boxing odds to leave with all of them. He's the reigning WBC, WBA, and The Ring super middleweight champion, while Saunders owns the WBO super middleweight belt. In 58 career fights, Alvarez shows just one loss on his card.