Thursday March 19th 2015 and here at Pucking Hockey we have a NHL hockey prediction tonight between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Seantors.
The Big Show Down
In my opinion this is a make or break game for the Ottawa Senators, this game will determine if the Senators are for real, and will make the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Sitting just 4 points behind the Bruins for the final playoff spot, the Senators have the chance tonight to pull within 2 points tonight. Something none of us hockey fans thought could happen.
And most of the Senators push has been because of rookie goaltender, Andrew Hammond. He is 11-0 while supporting a .958 save percentage and 1.29 goals against.
I’m not so much a religious person anymore, but it was a priest who convinced the Senators head coach that he needed to start Andrew Hammond. And coming from a priest, that’s what happened and amazingly enough, the priest has been right so far. Maybe I will start going back to church?
Hammond has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his first 12 career starts, matching Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek’s NHL record set with, ironically, Boston in 1938.
Boston Can Build a Cushion Tonight
As mentioned above, the Senators are 4 points behind the Bruins, but this is also a very big game for Boston. They have the chance to build a 6 point cushion with a regulation win tonight.
Boston has scored 18 goals during a 3-0-2 stretch against the Senators. The Bruins are 12-2-0 in their last 14 visits to Ottawa. But this was before the emergence of Andrew Hamond.
Tuukka Rask will start as he is 29-17 while supporting a .924 save percentage and 2.15 goals against. Rask is 7-2-2 with a 1.99 GAA in 12 starts against the Senators, winning four of six on the road.
In the season series, both teams have split the 4 games they have played so far, going 2-2.
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