Bruins-Senators Compete for Sportsbook Lead in AtlanticPosted by: Charlie Smith
April 12th marks the official start of the online NHL betting playoffs, and with that date getting closer by the minute, sportsbook players know the most important games of the season are right around the corner. How potential playoff contenders perform in these coming weeks will ultimately determine what the playoff landscape will look like. And even teams who have a great shot of making the postseason will be looking to snatch the highest seed possible in order to get the most favorable matchups come playoff time. The Boston Bruins will be looking to do just that this Monday night.
Later on this evening, the Ottawa Senators will be hosting the Bruins at the Canada Tire Centre in a matchup to determine who is better suited for the Atlantic Division’s No. 2 seed. The Canadiens, who have consistently been one of the best teams in the NHL all season long, have created a comfortable 6-point lead over the Senators – who currently rank second in the division. However, Ottawa has not been able to do the same to the Bruins, and as things currently stand Boston is just two points shy of tying with the Senators. Needless to say, if the Bruins can snag out a win in regulations, then they’ll become the Capitals nearest competitors. Let’s see what kind of odds most hockey betting are giving Boston in their plight Monday night.
ONLINE NHL BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Monday, March 6th
Boston Bruins -1 ½ (+220) 5 (-135) -135
Ottawa Senators +1 ½ (-260) 5 (+115) +115
Interestingly enough, sportsbooks have decided to side with the challenger instead of the division leader. After competing in 65 games this season, the Bruins skate into this matchup with a 34-25-6 record that yields the franchise 74 points on the season. Furthermore, this will mark the second time (second of 4 scheduled matchups) that the Bruins have faced Ottawa this season, with the Senators winning the first contest 3-1. Nevertheless, the bookies are still confident that the Bruins will be able to come away with this one. The Senators are scheduled to face Boston on March 21st as well as April 6th, so even if Ottawa does fall Monday night, the Senators will have multiple opportunities to avenge their loss.
The NHL betting favorites are averaging 2.7 goals per game which ranks their offense 14th in the NHL. Likewise, with an average of 2.6 goals allotted per game, Boston’s defense ranks as the 10th best in the nation.
After playing in 63 games, the Senators enter this matchup sporting a 35-22-6 record that nets the franchise 76 points on the season. Ottawa has started March on the right foot by winning the 1st two contests of the month and will be looking to keep the good times rolling against a formidable opponent.
The sportsbook ranks 19th in the league with an average of 2.6 goals scored per game. Likewise, the Senators are allowing 2.6 goals per game which ranks their defense 11th in the NHL.