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Sens Blow Yet Another Lead to Force Game 6 in Boston

It required yet another blown lead from the Sens and two periods of overtime but the Bruins came away victorious in Game 5 and will now have a chance to even the series this afternoon when they play host to their division rivals at the TD Garden. Ottawa has now gotten the first goal of the game in four of the five contests this series so far and as has been the trend throughout this NHL postseason – no lead is safe.

SHARK BITES
  • Ottawa has been the ML underdog in all but 1 game this series (3-1 as underdog of +118 or more).
  • The Bruins have had just 17 high danger scoring chances this series, the Senators have 28.
  • The Senators are 9-2 SU and 10-1 on the puckline in their last 11 games against the Bruins.

The Senators, who have been the best team in this series, are trying their damndest to blow it. They’ve blown almost every lead they’ve held in the best-of-seven so they may even concede a goal so they don’t have to play with the lead (I’m kidding). But seriously, Ottawa was one of the best teams in the league in the regular season at holding leads. They were 6-3 in games played after the trade deadline when scoring the first goal as their trap system was very effective at protecting Craig Anderson.

What I’m saying is that you shouldn’t put a lot of stake in what’s happened in the first five games in this series other than that the Sens have dominated. They’ve outshot the B’s in every game so far and I expect them to come out of the gates today like they were fired out of a cannon.

Bookmakers have once again pegged Ottawa as a massive underdog and once again I’m going to tell you to hook onto that value like a fish to bait. It’s ridiculous to think that the Sens don’t have a chance this afternoon and I’ll be hammering a line that can be had in the range of +140. This is easily worth the gamble with Ottawa trying to avoid a series deciding Game 7.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Ottawa Senators before puck drop in this match found them as 145 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.1-2.2 win for the Senators on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Ottawa Senators vs Boston Bruins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Ottawa Senators will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 47-29-11 this season, while the Bruins are 46-32-9. Ottawa is 34-49-4 on the totals; Boston is 39-39-9. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Ottawa injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 1 (Boston Bruins) and the No. 18 (Ottawa Senators) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Boston Bruins No. 14-ranked offense (2.82 goals per game) against a Ottawa Senators defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.59 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 21.32% rate while the Senators have a 80.46% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Ottawa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Ottawa is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • Ottawa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Ottawa is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Boston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Boston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston's last 13 games
  • Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Ottawa home to Boston, Wednesday, April 26th

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