Ottawa Senators vs Boston Bruins Expert NHL Picks 11/2/2019
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (9-1-2, 1st in the Atlantic Division) host the Ottawa Senators (3-7-1, 8th in the Atlantic Division) at TD Garden on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The Bruins open this contest at -340 while the Senators are priced at +297. The over/under is set at 6. The Senators cover 27.3% of the time, having gone 3-8 SU. The Bruins cover 75.0% of the time, going 9-3 straight up.
The Ottawa Senators head into this game holding a record of 3 wins and 7 defeats, ranking them 8th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 29 goals which is 15th in the conference and 29th in the league. Their goal differential is -7, ranking them 22nd in the league. The Senators have earned a total of 7 points, which is 30th in the league and 15th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 342 which is 13th in the Eastern Conference and 27th in the league. As a group, Ottawa currently has a total of 240 hits which has them averaging 21.8 per game. They have earned a total of 137 blocks for this season. The man between the pipes for Ottawa is Craig Anderson from Ruse, Bulgaria. He is 38 years old and has played a total of 386 mins defending the net for the season. Anderson is giving up an average of 2.79 GAA which places him at 12th among East goaltenders and 26th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he has surrendered 18 goals. He holds a save % of .909 which places him at 15th among East goaltenders.
The Ottawa Senators were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 5 - 2 win over the San Jose Sharks in their last game. The Senators had a impressive offensive performance in this win. For this matchup, they converted 5 of the 30 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 4 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Ottawa racked up 12 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Senators was 40 and the Corsi against was 38 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 51.3%. Their Fenwick was 29 and the Fenwick against sat at 21, which means they earned a rate of 58.0%. They took 20 face-off wins at even strength and lost 10 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 40.0% and they had a PDO of 120.1 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the San Jose Sharks racked up 36 shots. They finished with 8 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 6 power play opportunities.
The Bruins will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 9 victories and 1 defeat. In the matter of goal differential, they are currently sitting 1st in the East and 1st in the NHL with +17. They have earned a total of 41 goals for the season which is good for 8th in the East. Boston has a team save percentage of .934 which has them sitting 1st in the NHL, which means they are a tough group to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 10.1% ranking them 10th in the East. In net for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having a good campaign by surrendering only 1.41 goals per contest and that has him ranked 1st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 424 mins he has played, he has allowed 10 goals. He's earned a save % of .951, which puts him at 1st among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 1st in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Boston Bruins played the San Jose Sharks in a matchup where the Bruins notched a win by a mark of 5 - 1. For this outing, Boston had a 71.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 35 and their opponent having a Corsi of 14. Their Fenwick percentage was 72.2% with a Fenwick of 26 and the Sharks having earned a 10 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Boston played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. Their PDO at even strength was 116.7 and their percentage of oZS was 50.7%. The Bruins converted 5 goals of the 41 shots on goal they pursued. They had 8 power play attempts in this game and scored 2 out of those attempts. As for their opponent, the Sharks had 3 power play chances and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Boston gave up 17 shots on goal and the Sharks ended up with a total of 57 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-340)
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