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Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins - 1/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Bruins (22-17-5) at Nashville Predators (18-16-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)

The Line: Nashville Predators -111 / Boston Bruins +101 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: NESN, FSSM

The Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators meet Thursday night in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.

The Boston Bruins could use a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Bruins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 19 goals, Brad Marchand has 23 assists and David Backes has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 87.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 64 goals on 863 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 23 goals on 200 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.

Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins - 1/12/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Nashville Predators could also use a win after losing eight of their last 13 games. The Predators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. James Neal leads Nashville with 14 goals, Mike Fisher has 14 assists and Viktor Arvidsson has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 76 goals on 941 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed nine goals on 198 shots. The Nashville Predators have won five of their last seven games when allowing less than three goals.

The Bruins are 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Predators are 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Nashville and the home team is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings.

The Boston Bruins continue to be one of the tougher teams in the league to figure out, but just about anything beats backing a team that's lost eight of its last 13 games. Even with the Bruins struggling to string wins together, they're playing better than the Predators. I'll take Boston and the plus money as a fade from Nashville.

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