Bruins vs. Blackhawks - 12/11/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Blackhawks (19-8-1) at Boston Bruins (15-12-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins +109 / Chicago Blackhawks -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNC, NESN, NHL
The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins play Thursday night at the TD Garden.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won seven straight games and are first in the Central. The Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and have scored 14 goals in their last four games. The Chicago Blackhawks have one power play goal in their last six games and are 17-0 overall when scoring three or more goals. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 12 goals, Kris Versteeg has 14 assists and Jonathan Toews has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing two goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in eight of their last nine games. Antti Raanta has allowed 10 goals on 172 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 34 goals on 476 shots. The Blackhawks have won seven of their last eight road games.
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The Boston Bruins have lost five of their last seven and play their first home game of the month. The Bruins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last two games. The Boston Bruins have one power play goal in their last 10 games and have won six of their last seven games overall when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads Boston with eight goals, Patrice Bergeron has 14 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 18 goals on 230 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 52 goals on 592 shots.
The Blackhawks are 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference. The Bruins are 40-15 in their last 55 home games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Bruins have to get out of their funk and there's no better time to do that than at home where they're nearly unbeatable. The plus money of Boston at home seems to be the play here.