This divisional rivalry game is one of six in the NHL scheduled for Monday, February 20, and here you can take a look at the best Senators vs. Bruins betting pick and odds.
Boston is searching for the fourth win in a row when they welcome Ottawa at TD Garden. The Bruins are massive -280 moneyline favorites on BookMaker Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. These Atlantic Division foes will meet for the third time this season; the Senators lead the series 2-0.
Senators destroyed the Blues in Ottawa
The Ottawa Senators (26-24-4-0, 30-24 ATS) won seven of their last ten games; they managed to bounce back from a disappointing overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at home with a big 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues. That was the Senators’ largest win this season as they matched a season-high seven goals and now will open a three-game road trip with this tilt against Boston on Monday. Ottawa is currently in 13th in the Eastern Conference with 58 points, only five out of the playoff picture.
Ottawa had a massive 6-0 lead midway through the third period against St. Louis, and although the Blues scored a pair of quick goals, it was everything we saw from the visitors here. Alex DeBrincat, Tim Stutzle, and Brady Tkachuk each registered three points in this big win. When it comes to points this year, Tkachuk leads the Senators with 60 (G 24, A 36), followed by Stutzle with 59 (G 26, A 33) and Claude Giroux with 52 points (G 22, A 30).
Kevin Mandolese (1-0-0) is likely going to take his place between the sticks against Boston on Monday. The 22-year-old is allowing 1.85 goals per game this season with a .958 SV% and no shutouts.
G Cam Talbot (lower body), D Nick Holden (upper body), G Anton Forsberg (knee), C Josh Norris (shoulder), and D Jake Sanderson (upper body) are out indefinitely and will not feature in Boston on Monday.
Bruins didn’t have trouble with the Islanders at home
The Boston Bruins (42-8-2-3, 35-20 ATS) put a bad series of results behind them and responded with four wins in five games, including three consecutive victories. The Bruins returned home from a two-game road trip on which they beat the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators and secured another W as they defeated the New York Islanders 6-2. Boston cemented its place at the top of the Eastern Conference with 89 points, seven ahead of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Bruins scored three goals in the first period and added three more in the second 20 minutes to create a massive 6-1 lead after the opening two frames. Boston scored six goals from just 27 shots; Trent Frederic netted two and finished with two points, while Jake DeBrusk, Nick Foligno, and Charlie McAvoy also chipped in two points apiece. Thus far in the campaign, David Pastrnak is the Bruins’ best player with 75 points (G 39, A 36) and is the fifth-best in the entire NHL. Brad Marchand has 48 (G 17, A 31) and David Krejci contributes 43 points (G 12, A 31).
Linus Ullmark (28-4-1 ATS) is expected to star at the goal against Ottawa on Monday. The 29-year-old is conceding 1.91 goals per contest this year with a .936 SV% and two shutouts.
C Tomas Nosek (foot) and RW Vinni Lettieri (lower body) are out indefinitely and will not play against the Senators on Monday.
- 6-2 in the last eight overall
- 13-3 in the last 16 vs. Eastern Conference rivals
- 4-0 in the last four vs. Atlantic Division opponents
Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins Pick
Ottawa already defeated Boston on two occasions this season, and although I am sure the Bruins have that on their mind and will be motivated to get revenge on Monday, I don’t think it’s going to be easy. The Senators are playing their best hockey at the moment, and I am backing them to put up a fight and stay close to the hosts. The Bruins have the best defense and the second-best offense in the NHL and are stronger than the Sens in almost every segment. However, on this occasion, I believe Ottawa has a chance to make an upset.
Pick: Take the Senators at + 1.5 Puck Line (+100)
I mentioned Boston’s strongest defense in the NHL which allows only 2.07 goals per game. The Bruins didn’t concede more than two goals in the last five games, but the in-form Senators managed to score at least three in each of their previous eight games. I am backing the visitors to score a minimum of three here; after all, they bagged ten goals in two H2H duels this season. Over is 4-1 in the Senators’ last five overall, while Over is 4-1-1 in the Bruins’ previous six vs. Atlantic Division opponents.
Pick: Go Over 6.5 goals (-110)