Ottawa And Boston Do Battle On Final Day Before All-Star Break
Is There Any Hope Left In Ottawa?
After being one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals last year, the Ottawa Senators are a complete disaster a year later and it's becoming more and more evident that this team is just counting down the days until they can officially "quit" on the campaign.
At 15-22-4-5 SU, Ottawa simply has too much ground to make up in the standings with the All-Star break actually here, and fans/bettors should expect a firesale from them in the coming weeks. Having lost four in a row currently and needing some time away from one another, this is definitely not a spot I'd look to back the Sens on the ML, no matter how tempting the underdog odds may look.
Boston has won four in a row entering play tonight and they've looked like a legit Stanley Cup contender for a few months now. But a vicious elbow by Brad Marchand last time out has cost the forward five games, and it will be interesting to see how the Bruins respond.
Boston is one of the deepest teams from top to bottom in the league, so Marchand's absence isn't a killer, but they will miss him during the next few weeks, although it probably won't be felt much tonight against the struggling Ottawa bunch.
Boston Bruins Vs. Ottawa Senators Odds
Boston (-170) vs. Ottawa (+145): Total: 5.5
Boston deserves to be priced as this heavy favourite for a variety of reasons, but when you see that the Bruins are 2-0 SU against Ottawa this year, if Marchand was in the lineup we would have seen this line much higher. Not only is Boston a perfect 2-0 SU against the Sens, but they've outscored Ottawa 10-1 collectively in those two blowout wins. Ottawa may have got the better of the Bruins in the playoffs last year, but this is a much different year on all fronts and Boston has established their dominance against this Sens team in 2017-18.
Boston Vs. Ottawa Selection: Over 5.5 goals (+100)
As tempting as it is to back the Bruins ML once again here, especially given their dominance in this rivalry this season, I'm not typically a big fan of laying 70 cents on any team in a one-game scenario. Given the 10-1 cumulative scoring through two games, if you are interested in Boston (and/or have completely given up on the Sens), I would suggest taking a look at the puck line (PL). Boston to win by 2+ goals comes back at +175 odds and that's the better way to attack the side from my perspective.
Those thouhts on the PL bleed into my feelings on this 'over' play as with both sides possibly being a little distracted and looking ahead to the time off, we could easily see an uptempo style of game tonight with goals coming consistently. The fact that Boston's scored 5 goals in each of their wins vs Ottawa this year leaves little worry about the Bruins pulling their weight in that regard - even without Marchand - and that means that we've just got to look for the Senators to do the same.
Ottawa has only scored more than one goal in one of their four games during this current four-game losing streak which is a little cause for concern, but they do have a 4-1 O/U run going in their last five games at home and are a perfect 4-0 O/U the last four times they've faced an opponent that's won at least 60% of their games this year.
For whatever reason, this Sens team knows that they've got to bring their offense to have a chance against the best teams in the NHL, as I do believe we get at least two or three goals from the Sens tonight. Add in four or five from the Bruins and this game easily sails over the number.
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