Anaheim Ducks vs. Boston Bruins - 1/7/14
Boston Bruins (28-12-2) at Anaheim Ducks (31-8-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -126 / Boston Bruins +114 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, PRIME
The Honda Center has yet to see a regulation loss by the Anaheim Ducks this season, but the Boston Bruins would like nothing more than to finish up the Ducks in quick fashion to start out a west coast road trip.
The Boston Bruins come into Anaheim with sights on correcting the mediocre road play this season. The Bruins will face the Ducks, Sharks, and Kings in the next five nights, and it has been reported that the team has made a point of improving upon its 10-8 road record this year. Boston will have to do so with a beat up roster, which is still missing Shawn Thornton on a suspension and Loui Eriksson, among many others. Goaltender Tukka Rask has an outstanding 1.96 GAA this season, which has helped Zdeno Chara and the Boston defense hold opponents to 2.1 goals per game, a mark that is second best in the NHL.
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Anaheim is coming off of a 4-3 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. The Ducks are getting great play from Corey Perry, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Vancouver. Perry now has 44 points on the season, which eclipses his total from last season in the same amount of games. The Ducks enter Tuesday’s game winners of 13 of the last 14 games played. Over that stretch, Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller has only given up more than two goals in a game twice. Hiller will look to improve on his 1.78 GAA in five career starts versus Boston.
At first glance this looks to be a great matchup between two of the NHL’s heavyweights, but after a closer look it seems as if the Ducks have a huge edge with home ice and the documented struggles of the Bruins on the road. As mentioned, the Ducks have yet to lose a game in regulation at the Honda Center, and Anaheim is 6-0 in its last six games against the Eastern Conference. Boston is 4-0 in the last four against the Western Conference and 7-1 in the last eight against the Pacific Division. However, I think the strongest trend in this match is the home advantage for the Ducks. I think the game will be tightly contested on both sides, but the regulation line may even be worth a look.