Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins - 4/21/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (45-32-9) at Ottawa Senators (47-29-10)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -102 / Boston Bruins -112 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators meet Friday in game five of the NHL playoffs first round at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Boston Bruins need a big victory here if they’re going to force a game six on Sunday. The Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with one goal, David Pastrnak has two assists and David Backes has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 10 goals on 115 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have lost four straight games when allowing more than one goal.
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The Ottawa Senators can advance to their first second road since the 2012-13 season with a big victory here. The Senators are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Bobby Ryan leads Ottawa with three goals, Derick Brassard has three assists and Mike Hoffman has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up eight goals on 96 shots faced. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Bruins are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic. The Senators are 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic. The Bruins are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Ottawa, 3-13 in the last 16 meetings and the road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Ottawa Senators have simply outplayed the Boston Bruins pretty much in every game this series and now head home with a chance to get to the second round for the first time in a while. The Canadian Tire Centre will be rocking and you have to doubt the Bruins chances considering their struggles against Ottawa over the years. Given the way this series has played out and how the Senators seem to come through in all of the big moments, you have to like the home team to get the job done here and advance.