Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins - 2/20/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (36-13-8) at Edmonton Oilers (24-30-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Rogers Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, RSNW
The Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with 27 goals, Brad Marchand has 33 assists and David Pastrnak has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 81 goals on 1,026 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 46 goals on 598 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
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The Edmonton Oilers could use a victory here after losing seven of their last nine games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Connor McDavid leads Edmonton with 26 goals, Leon Draisaitl has 35 assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 106 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 71.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cam Talbot has given up 132 goals on 1,343 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 38 goals on 334 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Bruins are 7-1 in their last 8 road games, 7-1 in their last 8 Tuesday games and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Oilers are 16-45 in their last 61 Tuesday games, 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are on the end of a back to back that included overtime, so there's reason to consider the Edmonton Oilers when you throw in the recent history between these two clubs. However, these are two teams that are heading in different directions, as the Bruins are one of the hottest teams in the league and the Oilers can't buy a win while the defense struggles night in and night out. Trends may not like the Boston Bruins, but I can't bet against them in their current form.