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Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins
Date & Time Sunday February 10, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
TD Garden
Boston, MA
The Line
Boston Bruins -192 / Colorado Avalanche +167 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
SN One, TVA, NESN, Altitude
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The Colorado Avalanche and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Sunday afternoon.

The Colorado Avalanche will look to rebound after a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders in their last outing that pushed the Avs’ losing streak to 6 games. Carl Soderberg opened the scoring for the Avalanche with the lone goal of the opening period before Erik Johnson doubled the advantage just 2:36 into the 2nd period. New York pulled a goal back late in the 2nd and tied the game just before the midway point of the 3rd. The Isles took a 3-2 lead before J.T. Compher tied the game at 3-3 with 2:45 to go, sending us to some free hockey where New York broke the deadlock to send the Avs home with just one point to show for their hard work. Semyon Varlamov took the loss, falling to 13-13-7 after allowing 4 goals on 41 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Boston Bruins will look to build up some steam after a 5-4 OT win over the L.A. Kings in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Charlie McAvoy opened the scoring for Boston 4:38 into the 2nd. L.A. scored a pair of goals before the end of the frame to tie the game at one and take a 2-1 lead heading to the final period. Danton Heinen, David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored three goals in a span of 3:22 to take a 4-2 advantage but the B’s couldn’t hold on as Los Angeles tied the game by the end of the 3rd to send the game to OT where Patrice Bergeron buried a power play goal to send Boston home victorious. Tuukka Rask took the win after allowing 4 goals on 29 shots to improve to 17-8-4 this season.

Colorado is 29-68 in their last 97 road games and 6-21 in their last 27 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games in the 2nd half of a back-to-back. Boston is 41-18 in their last 59 home games and 9-1 in their last 10 games against the Western Conference while the over is 8-3-1 in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record. Colorado is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 11-0-1 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Boston.

The plus money is tempting with Colorado given that both teams are on no rest and the Avs have had a ton of success in this matchup. However, the Avs just keep finding ways to lose hockey games, and have been a fade on the road that’s paid off more often than not. Boston had to claw out a win against the Kings but at least the Bruins get to sleep in their own beds while Colorado has to travel in for this game. I’ll side with Boston and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll back the Bruins on the puck line as I think this game has the potential to get ugly.

Boston -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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