Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche - 10/9/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (1-1-0) at Boston Bruins (1-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins / Colorado Avalanche --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ALT, SNO, NESN
The Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins meet Monday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Colorado Avalanche look for a nice road victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Matt Duchene leads Colorado with one goal, Tyson Barrie has one assist and Gabriel Landeskog has six shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing three goals per game and are killing 50 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up two goals on 39 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed four goals on 39 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
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The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning their season debut over the Nashville Predators. The Boston Bruins are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake DeBrusk leads Boston with one goal, David Krejci has three assists and Charlie McAvoy has two shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up three goals on 29 shots faced. The Boston Bruins look for their first 2-0 start since the 2013-14 season.
The Avalanche are 0-4 in their last 4 Monday games, 11-40 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest and 14-39 in their last 53 road games. The Bruins are 1-5 in their last 6 home games, 1-5 in their last 6 Monday games and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Avalanche are 10-1-1 in the last 12 meetings in Boston, 15-7-1 in the last 23 meetings and the under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche have had the upperhand over the Bruins recently, which includes winning four of the last six meetings. However, the Avalanche have struggled out of the gate defensively and had had trouble on the road dating back to last season. The Bruins are well rested considering they haven't played since Thursday, and they got a lot of quality looks on the offensive end in their first game. I look for that to continue and for Boston to get the win. Not to mention this is an extremely early game, which usually favors the home team, as it's easier to be ready after sleeping in your own bed.