Bruins vs. Predators - 12/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nashville Predators (22-8-2) at Boston Bruins (17-14-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / Nashville Predators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSM, NESN
The Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins meet Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
The Nashville Predators have won five of their last six games and end a three-game road trip. The Predators are averaging 2.7 goals per game on the season and have scored 14 goals in their last three games. The Nashville Predators have three power play goals in their last five games and have won nine straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 13 goals, Mike Ribeiro has 19 assists and Craig Smith has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Predators are allowing two goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last nine games. Carter Hutton has allowed seven goals on 81 shots faced and Pekka Rinne has given up 54 goals on 823 shots. The Predators have won five of their last eight road games.
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The Boston Bruins have split their last four games and are trying to hang in the improved Atlantic. The Bruins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have one power play goal in their last six games and have won eight of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith have combined for 16 goals, Dougie Hamilton has 13 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Niklas Svedberg has allowed 20 goals on 267 shots faced and Tuukka Rask has given up 64 goals on 739 shots.
The Predators are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. Atlantic and 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest. The Bruins are 41-17 in their last 58 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference. The Predators are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Boston and the home team is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The Boston Bruins have to get things going and would love to get a win before the break at home. With Nashville playing a back-to-back, I like Boston in this spot for a feel good win.