Minnesota Wild vs. Boston Bruins - 4/8/14
Boston Bruins (53-18-7) at Minnesota Wild (40-26-12)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +119 / Boston Bruins -131 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Bruins look to keep their edge in the President’s Trophy race as they head to Minnesota to take on the Wild.
The Bruins have been the class of the Eastern Conference all season long and have been the best team in the league since the Olympic break in Sochi which has locked them in to the number one overall seed in the East earning home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Boston can breathe easy for the final stretch of the regular season but they are still in competition for the President’s Trophy as they lead the St. Louis Blues by two points and would love to earn the regular season title though they’re eyes are set on a much bigger prize. Boston has just a single regulation loss in their last 10 contests and look like a very dangerous team heading into the postseason as they really don’t have any major flaws in their lineup and can match up well against any team in the league, especially over a seven game series. The B’s will turn to Tuukka Rask who will likely match up against Darcy Kuemper for the Wild who are playing in a back to back.
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Minnesota can move closer to locking up a playoff spot with a victory at home over the Bruins but they know it won’t come easy especially playing their second game in as many nights. The Wild travelled north last night to take on the Winnipeg Jets in what is quickly becoming a very tense rivalry and they escaped with a shutout 1-0 victory that earned them their 40th win of the season. Minnesota to me is a team that is a dark horse in these playoffs and if they can get a favorable matchup in the first round, which admittedly will be tough based on the talent of the top end of the Conference, they could pull off a first round upset. They have a ton of depth up front and a solid blue line, and while their goaltending tandem may be the weakest of any playoff team we have seen peripheral players make a name for themselves in the postseason. I don’t see how the Wild are getting this price as a home dog in what is a must win type game for them and I think they skate away here getting the two points.