Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins - 3/11/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (43-15-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (29-32-8)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory to build on their six-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 29 goals, David Pastrnak has 40 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 198 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 95 goals on 1,182 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 58 goals on 705 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 24 goals, Duncan Keith has 28 assists and Jonathan Toews has 198 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 72 goals on 765 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Bruins are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 37-14 in their last 51 overall. The Blackhawks are 4-9 in their last 13 home games, 62-28 in their last 90 Sunday games and 5-14 in their last 19 overall. The under is 23-7-1 in Blackhawks last 31 home games and the over is 5-2 in Bruins last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.
It's not easy to beat the same team twice in as many days, so I'm iffy on picking the Boston Bruins here, especially with this game so early, as games this soon usually favor the home team. However, how can you pick the Chicago Blackhawks with the way they've played the last couple of months. These Blackhawks aren't the same Blackhawks of old, and the defense gets worse by the second. The Bruins have to be the play here, if there's a play at all.