Bruins vs. Senators NHL Pick – December 9th





<p>The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators are both coming off impressive performances on Saturday. The Bruins topped the Maple Leafs by a score of 6-3 in Boston, and the Senators eked out a 2-1 win over the Penguins in Ottawa. The bigger upset goes to Ottawa by a mile, but the Bruins put in a solid performance on the offensive end. It’s something we haven’t seen from the Bruins much lately, but it was a nice coming out party for the offence Saturday evening. </p>
<p>They take their show on the road to Ottawa, while the Senators won’t have to travel anywhere. The Sens will be playing in Kanata for the fourth time in five games. It’s a whole lot friendly there, as the Senators have gone 10-5-2 on their home ice compared to 3-9-1 on the road. </p>
<p>They just can’t get feeling too high after knocking off the Penguins last night. It’s easy to look past the next opponent after a win like that. Ottawa won’t have much time to celebrate or think about the win with the quick turnaround, though. </p>
<p>The Bruins are in the same boat, they can’t get too high after defeating the Maple Leafs. However, there are players on the Bruins that just expect to beat Toronto. They’ve beaten them before on bigger stages in the past, so that shouldn’t have been a game that they get overly excited about. </p>
<p>Beating Crosby and company in overtime is a little more exciting. Like I said, though, the Senators have a good history at home this season. Where the Bruins hold a sustainable edge is in their goaltending tandem. Craig Anderson played last night and was outstanding for the Sens. They will likely go with backup Mike McKenna who desperately needs some things to go well for him. His numbers have not been up to par for a fulltime backup goalie in the NHL. Get our free Bruins vs. Senators pick below. </p>
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The Bruins have Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak as a pretty decent 1-2 punch in net. With Halak starting last night, the Bruins will go to Rask against the Sens in Ottawa on Sunday. Conversely, the drop off from Anderson to McKenna is pretty substantial. If Anderson were to go to the IR with an injury, the Senators are going to be in even more trouble than they already are defensively.

Anderson owns a 3.58 GAA and 0.906 save percentage, so it seems a little ridiculous saying there is a drop off from that, but Anderson, like last night, has bailed his awful defence out often. McKenna hasn’t been as fortunate in that regard. He owns a 4.66 GAA and 0.879 save percentage.

Despite an impressive performance to hold the Penguins to 1 goal last night, the Sens are the only team who have allowed an average of 4 goals per game. So, either way, whether it’s Anderson or McKenna they’ve had their issues. Their offence has kept the team above water, with 3.47 goals per game to put them in the top-5 in scoring. At home, that number goes up to 3.88 goals per game.

While the Bruins hadn’t been scoring the puck before last night, the Senators look like a good team for them to keep it going against. I think it’s best for them that they get right back on the ice tonight fresh off the 6 goals they scored on the Leafs just a night ago. If you are looking for some NHL action on Sunday, I’d take a look at the OVER in Ottawa.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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