Ottawa Senators v. Boston Bruins (@TD Garden; Boston, MA)
Being able to target the Senators in regulation with a line as incredible as this one (+215) v. a team on a back-to-back using the SAME goalie as they did last night is a great position. Both teams haven’t been playing well, Boston has dropped their last 2 while being 6-4-0 in their last 10 while Ottawa has been 6-2-2 in their last tine while dropping their last 4 in a row. Despite that small piece, Ottawa has been great away this year (5th best in NHL and have more road wins – 20 – compared to home – 19-). After watching the Bruins struggle to score v. Toronto last night, I doubt they’ll have an easier time putting up numbers against a much better Ottawa defense that is known to play the trap when they get a lead. Boston will have to travel from Toronto and be ready to play tonight while Ottawa is looking at this great opportunity to distance themselves from Boston while putting themselves within 2 points of Montreal’s number 1 spot in the Atlantic Division. And now the goaltending match-up – Rask is 3-4-0 with a 2.68 GAA and .904 SV% in March. The 30-year-old is 0-2-0 with a 3.07 GAA and .889 SV% in his first two starts against Ottawa. (via. Joe Haggerty – CSN). Anderson for Ottawa has gone 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .936 SV% in two starts vs. Boston this season (via. Bruce Garrioch – TSN).
PICK: Ottawa Senators win in regulation. (+215)
*POTENTIAL LATER WRITE UP DEPENDING ON GOALTENDING MATCH-UP IN WILD/SHARKS GAME*