Colorado Avalanche (9-14-1) at Boston Bruins (15-10-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 8, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -179 / Colorado Avalanche +140 --- Over/Under:
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The Boston Bruins look to shake off a tough loss in overtime last night as they return home to do battle with the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avs have had a tough start to the season and need to find a way out of this rut if they’re going to be competitive in the Western Conference, but a road date with the Boston Bruins isn’t exactly the recipe for a turn around. Colorado has some top end talent in their forward group and should be in a better position in the Pacific division but their depth at the back and a tough start to the season from Semyon Varlamov has them reeling as they are 9-14-1 to start the season. Colorado had a tumultuous offseason and lost head coach Patrick Roy just weeks before the season started after an abrupt resignation and I don’t think they have been able to rally and are among the league’s worst in terms of points right now.
The Bruins meanwhile look to get back in the win column after a tough, hard fought loss against the Caps last night at the Verizon Center and they are in a good position here against a road weary Avalanche side. The B’s are always a tough out at the TD Garden and that shouldn’t change here as they will likely send Tuukka Rask right back to the crease here despite playing in a back to back and he has been excellent so far this season with sparkling numbers and a handful of highlight reel performances. The Bruins are favoured in this spot and the line is chalky but I think they should be able to get it done against a Colorado side that hasn’t been able to stay consistent this year and they fall short in this one.