The Ottawa Senators are out in Boston looking for a momentum generator against the Bruins. They’re struggling and a win against the Bruins might be what they need to set sail in the right direction. The Senators have shown signs that they’re a better team from last season, but definitely not enough to garner a productive record.
They have to be feeling fortunate that Thomas Chatbot’s sore neck wasn’t something more serious. He has been cleared to play on Saturday, giving the Senators a much needed asset on the blue line. Ottawa head into Boston with a less than desirable record of 3-7-1. They are coming off an impressive 5-2 win over the Sharks, so add a win against the Bruins, and their confidence would likely be back.
However, the Sens have just two wins in their last seven games. They weren’t expected to see many wins in 2019-20, but improvement from a season ago is in order. If they remain stationary or even get worse, it’s going to be a long summer in Ottawa. The fact that Bobby Ryan is getting scratched when he’s healthy is concerning.
Ryan signed a seven-year deal in 2015, so he’s on the Senators’ books for a while. Trading him will become difficult if he doesn’t show some form of life. There might be a team who look at him and think he just needs a change of scenery, but it’d be a gamble taking him on with that contract. The Sens would appreciate it if he started to take things seriously, and joking with the media about how great his contract is doesn’t point to Ryan caring too much.
The Senators will have to figure it out in Boston against a Bruins team who are on blazing hot. The Bruins went 9-1-1 in October, having looked like a team ready to get back to the Stanley Cup Final now. Both of their most recent losses came in extra time. Their last loss in regulation coming on Colorado on October 10th. Head below for the rest of our writeup and free Senators vs. Bruins pick in the NHL on Saturday.
Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins Pick
The Senators will need a similar effort that they gave against the Sharks recently in this spot. That said, the Sens were able to catch the Sharks far from home in Ottawa sleepwalking. It was a nice situational spot for the Senators which they took advantage of. Other than that win, their only other victory since October 13th is against the Detroit Red Wings, again at home. In that situation, the Senators just beat a team who are as equally as bad. The Sens enter Saturday last in the NHL with just 7 points.
They are still searching for their first win on the road this season. Ottawa are 0-3-1 as a visiting team in 2019-20. A 3-2 loss in a shootout in Las Vegas was the closest they came to tasting a victory celebration on another team’s ice. The Sens have scored only 2 goals per game on the road, while allowing 3.5 goals per game defensively. Also note that the Bruins are on a four-game win streak over the Sens in Boston. Craig Anderson is likely to get nod for the Senators between the pipes against Tuukka Rask on Saturday.
Rask has been playing out of his mind thus far, as he looks like an early candidate for the Vezina. He goes into this one with an electric 1.41 GAA and 0.952 save percentage. After Rinne collapsed against the Flames on Thursday, Rask has been the clear winner amongst goaltenders over the first month of the year.
He has been even better at home, where Rask has sported a 1.18 GAA and 0.957 save percentage. In four of five outings at home, Rask has yielded 2 or fewer goals. His career against the Senators has been solid as well, with a 2.10 GAA and 0.928 save percentage in 28 appearances. That’s a fairly reliable sample size when it comes to goaltending. With the Bruins having scored an average of 3.67 goals per game at TD Garden, it’s likely he gets goal support here, too. The Bruins seem to be in line for a 4-2 or 5-2 win on Saturday against the visiting Ottawa Senators.