Anaheim Ducks (19-12-5) at Boston Bruins (18-12-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 20, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -164 / Anaheim Ducks +140 --- Over/Under: 6
The Anaheim Ducks and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Thursday night.
The Anaheim Ducks come into this game looking to bounce back after a 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie through the first period and through the first half of the 2nd period before Pontus Aberg got the Ducks on the board. However, that was all of the scoring that the Ducks would do as New York tied the game just before the midway point of the 3rd and took the lead in the final minute of the period before icing the win with an empty netter to send Anaheim back empty-handed. Chad Johnson took the loss, falling to 2-7-0 this season after allowing 2 goals on 23 shots in the losing effort.
The Boston Bruins will be looking to build some steam after picking up a 4-0 win over Montreal in their last outing. Joakim Nordstrom opened the scoring just 2:21 into the game, taking a 1-0 lead into the 2nd where Colby Cave doubled Boston’s advantage with :26 to go. David Krejci and Brad Marchand each buried in the opening 5:06 of the 3rd to give the B’s the 4-0 lead that held up at the final buzzer. Jaroslav Halak got the better of his former team, stopping all 22 shots he faced for his 3rd shutout of the season, getting the win to improve to 10-5-2 this season.
Anaheim is 9-2 in their last 11 games overall and 6-1 in their last 7 road games while the under is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games against the Eastern Conference. Boston is 37-15 in their last 52 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 Thursday games while the under is 19-8-1 in their last 28 games overall. Anaheim is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in Boston.
Boston has been a tough out at home dating back to last season, but in reality, that’s nothing new for the Bruins. However, despite losing to the Rangers, the Ducks are still the team in far better form here, winning 11 of their last 14 games, and I’m chalking up the Rangers loss to Chad Johnson being in net, as the Ducks simply play better with Gibson in net, and I’m expecting the Ducks’ starting netminder to be in net for this one. Anaheim has also had a ton of success in this matchup, both overall and in Boston, so I’ll take a shot with the Ducks and the plus money here.