Minnesota Wild vs. Boston Bruins - 12/17/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (15-13-2) at Minnesota Wild (16-11-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -130 / Boston Bruins +118 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Bruins and Wild meet up in Minnesota on Wednesday after both teams suffered road losses in tough fashion on Tuesday.
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The Bruins couldn't muster enough to steal two points away from one of the league's best in Nashville on Tuesday night instead having to settle for the single in what is now back to back extra time losses for the B's who are quickly falling in the Atlantic. Boston was bitten by the injury bug in the early going this season as captain and defensive leader Zdeno Chara was out for an extended period of time but with injuries aside this just doesn't seem like the same bruins team we have grown to know over the last couple of seasons as they are in jeopardy at least at the moment of missing the playoffs altogether. Boston heads into Minnesota looking for just their third win in their last 10 games and by doing so they can reach the .500 mark on the road – something that has been a staple of this team for the last few seasons. Tuukka Rask got the call last night so we can expect to see Nicklas Svedberg here as he will go up against Darcy Kuemper for Minnesota.
The Wild fought back after being down 3-1 heading into the third period against the Blackhawks last night but a late power play marker and an empty netter sealed things for the home side and leaving a sour taste in the mouth of the Wild players. Minny can't dwell too long though as they have a show down against the Bruins at home tonight where they are 9-3 on the season and will be going with what many perceive as the team's starter in goal in Kuemper who has certainly earned that title a number of times this season. This should be a very exciting game to watch and while Boston may have more hype around them based on their market and success in recent past I think they are on their way out of favour in the East while Minnesota is a team who can challenge for a playoff spot and I think they get the better of the Bruins in this one.