NHL Hockey Predictions Tonight 1/9/16
Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators
7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 9, 2016
Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario
Money Line Odds: Boston -110/Ottawa -110
Game Total: 5
NHL Starting Goalies Tonight 1/9/16
- Boston Bruins -> Tuukka Rask
Rask got Friday night off against the Devils as Jonas Gustavsson tended goal for the Bruins. Rask is coming off a 26-save loss to the Capitals on Tuesday and has lost four of his last five starts. For the season Rask sports a 14-11-3 record with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage.
Tuukka is 1-3-0 with a 3.50 goals against average over his last five starts at Ottawa.
- Ottawa Senators -> Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson will be between the pipes when the Senators host the Bruins Saturday night. Anderson is currently on a three-game losing streak and will be looking to rebound tonight.
Anderson is 7-11 with a 3.44 goals against average vs the Bruins in his career
Boston Bruins Preview
The Bruins rank 3rd in scoring 3.1 goals per game and 1st in power play conversions 28.4%, while on defense they are 20th in goals allowed 2.7 goals per game, mainly because of Tuuka Rask. In the Penalty killing department they seem to thrive as they rank 8th in penalty kill 82.1%. Maybe it’s not all Tuukka Rask’s fault?
Boston is 12-3-2 on the road for a league-high .765 winning percentage. That’s offset their 9-11-2 home record that ranks toward the bottom of the NHL.
Ottawa Senators Preview
The Senators rank 9th overall in scoring, potting 2.8 goals per game while converting on 18.9% of their power play chances, which is 15th in the league. On the defensive end of the ice they have had many issues as they come in at 26th in goals allowed, 2.9 goals per game, 30th in shots allowed 33.3 shots per game, while allowing teams to convert on 23% of their power play chances, which is 28th in the league.
Ottawa is 4-8-1 in their last 13 games, dropping four of five while being outscored 18-8. They gave up two goals in an 8-second span of the first period in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Florida despite yielding a season-low 16 shots.
Boston Bruins vs Ottawa Senators Prediction Tonight 1/9/16
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