Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Monday, December 9, 2019
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-190) Senators (+171)
Anders Nilsson and the Ottawa Senators (12-17-1, 7th in the Atlantic Division) play the Boston Bruins (20-4-6, 1st in the Atlantic Division) at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday, December 9, 2019. The Senators open this matchup at +171 while the Bruins are coming in at -190. The O/U has been set at 6. The Bruins are covering 66.7% of the time, having gone 20-10 SU. Ottawa is covering 40.0% of the time, going 12-18 straight up.
The Boston Bruins head into this matchup holding a record of 20 victories and 4 losses, which puts them at 1st in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have earned a total of 105 goals which ranks them 2nd in the East and 3rd in the league. Their goal differential is +36, which puts them at 1st in the league. The Bruins currently have a total of 46 points, which ranks them 2nd in the league and 2nd in the Eastern Conference. In terms of shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 935 which ranks them 9th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the league. As a unit, Boston has compiled a total of 539 hits which means they are averaging 18 per contest. They currently have a total of 288 blocks for the year. Protecting the net for Boston is Tuukka Rask from Caledonia, Ontario. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 1,091 mins in goal this year. Kinkaid is conceding 2.15 goals against average which places him at 2nd in the East and 4th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has surrendered 39 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .929 which places him at 3rd in the East.
The Boston Bruins were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 1 defeat to the Colorado Avalanche their last time out. The Bruins had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this defeat. In their game, they netted 1 out of the 20 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to score. Boston earned 2 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Bruins sat at 32 and the Corsi against was 33 giving them a Corsi percentage of 49.2%. Their Fenwick was 20 and the Fenwick against was 24, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 45.5%. They won 13 face-off wins and lost 16 of the face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 25.0% and they had a PDO of 86.5 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Colorado Avalanche racked up a total of 20 shots. They had a total of 6 minutes in the box and they earned 1 power play chance.
The Senators will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the year they have 12 victories and 17 losses. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 13th in the East and 26th in the league with -15. They have earned a total of 79 goals for this year which has them at 12th in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has a team save % of .902 which currently has them ranked 21st in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They are shooting 8.7% ranking them 13th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Ottawa is Anders Nilsson who is having a tough year by surrendering 3.10 goals against average and that places him 20th in the Eastern Conference and 42nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 851 mins he has been on the ice, he's given up 44 goals. He holds a save percentage of .910, which places him at 11th in the Eastern Conference and 25th in the NHL among goalies.
The Ottawa Senators faced the Philadelphia Flyers in a matchup where the Senators took the defeat by a final of 4 - 3. For this game, Ottawa went home with a 51.5% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 34 while the opposition had a Corsi of 32. They had a Fenwick percentage of 47.1% by earning a Fenwick of 24 and the Flyers having a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Ottawa had and it shows us they played like an average team. They had a PDO at even strength of 94.4 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 48.2%. The Senators notched 3 goals of the 30 shots on goal they tried. They had 3 power play chances in this outing but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Flyers had 3 power play attempts but didn't tally a goal. Ottawa gave up 21 shots on goal and the Flyers had a total of 16 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Ottawa (+171)
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