Boston Bruins vs. Minnesota Wild - 10/25/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (3-2-1) at Boston Bruins (3-2-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -125 / Minnesota Wild +101 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, NESN
The Minnesota Wild and Boston Bruins meet Tuesday night in a NHL showdown at the TD Garden.
The Minnesota Wild look for their first road victory of the season that would also snap back-to-back losses. The Wild are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with three goals, Zach Parise has three assists and Charlie Coyle has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 94.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 10 goals on 113 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed eight goals on 62 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed 11 goals in three road games this season. Erik Haula and Jared Spurgeon are questionable with injuries
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The Boston Bruins look for their second home victory to build on their 3-2 start to the season. The Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 10 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with four goals, Brad Marchand has six assists and David Backes has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 90 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up five goals on 95 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed eight goals on 53 shots. The Boston Bruins have scored four goals in two home games compared to 11 goals in three road games. Adam McQuaid is questionable with an upper-body injury.
The Wild are 1-7 in their last 8 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Central and 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Wild are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Boston and the over is 4-0-2 in the last 6 meetings.
The Wild have had great success playing in Boston over the years, but Minnesota has yet to get the job done on the road this season. The Bruins remain one of the tougher teams to beat at home and the cheap price here makes them a strong play for Tuesday's games. This is a game where the Bruins can get on track offensively given Minnesota's defensive struggles.