Ducks vs. Bruins - 3/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (39-24-8) at Anaheim Ducks (38-22-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSW2
The Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks square off late Friday night at the Honda Center.
The Boston Bruins look to keep rolling after winning 11 of their last 18 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 34 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 33 assists and Loui Eriksson has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 135 goals on 1,655 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 45 goals on 535 shots. Rask has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Anaheim Ducks look for another win after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power plays. Corey Perry leads Anaheim with 29 goals, Rickard Rakell has 21 assists and Ryan Kesler has 147 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 87 percent of their power play chances. Frederik Andersen has allowed 76 goals on 960 shots faced and John Gibson has given up 61 goals on 751 shots. Andersen has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Pacific. The Ducks are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-2 in their last 11 home games. The Bruins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings overall.
It's hard to bet against the Ducks in this spot, as they've caught fire over the last month or so, have won nine of their last 11 home games and have gotten the better of the Bruins in each of the last four matchups. Should be a great game, but you have to give the Ducks the advantage.