The Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators are both on three-game streaks entering Tuesday night. Difference being that they are different kind of streaks, with the Senators entering on a three-game winning streak, while the Bruins have lost three in a row. The Bruins opened the season in ugly fashion, as they got routed by the Capitals on opening night. Washington were victorious by a score of 7-0.
It was one of the ugliest games we’ve seen from the Bruins in a long while, but they did respond to win their next four games, while lighting up the scoreboard with 5.5 goals per game. The last time we saw the Bruins win a game, they demolished the Red Wings for a final score of 8-2. It’s been a struggle for them to find the win column since then, though.
The Flames took care of them easily, 5-2, and then they lost in overtime to the Oilers and Canucks. Their tour of Canada continues in Ottawa tonight, where they’ll look to snap the skid. No, Bruins, every game isn’t going to be as easy as your jaunt against the Red Wings. The Red Wings are going to be a punching bag for almost every team in the league this season.
In any event, the Bruins were able to pick up a couple of points with the two losses in OT. Conversely, the Senators have wins over the Kings, Stars, Canadiens, and will be looking for another tonight. At 4-2-1, it hasn’t been a bad start for a team to predicted to be playing in the basement this season. Head below for our free Bruins vs. Senators pick.
Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
The offence has been stagnant for the Bruins since going on a little tear with at least 4 goals scored in four straight games for an average of 5.5 goals per game. They scored just 1 goal in their last outing against the Canucks, and netted 2 goals in each game against the Flames and Oilers. After scoring 8 goals against the Red Wings, they hit an ugly wave of regression on the road. Working for them tonight is that they have done well against the Senators, which includes five straight wins and a record of 4-1 in their last five trips to Ottawa.
The offence has also been effective, with 11 goals in the last two games. When they met on the 10th of this year in Boston, the Bruins easily bypassed the Sens with a 6-3 victory. Mike Condon was in net for that matchup, though. We’ll see if Craig Anderson has something better in store for the Bruins, but if history is any indicator, he isn’t going to look at his best in this one.
Anderson enters Tuesday with a 3.05 and 0.905 save percentage in 24 games vs the Bruins. While Anderson hasn’t looked good against the Bruins, Tuukka Rask hasn’t looked good this season, period. Rask has gotten rattled with a poor 4.08 GAA and 0.875 save percentage.
After watching Halak get the last two starts in net for the Bruins and playing relatively well, this is a big start for the struggling Rask. The Sens’ offence has been hot with 4 goals per game, with an average of 4.25 in their previous four tilts. They must fix that ugly statistic of 3.57 goals allowed per game if the Sens want to improve, though. Ottawa finished 30th with 3.46 goals allowed per game last season, and thus far, the defence doesn’t appear to be any better than they were in 2017-18. Expect the Bruins to break out of their offensive slump against Anderson on Tuesday night. This looks like a 4-3 or 5-3 game in Ottawa.