Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/15/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
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Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins
Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM (TD Garden)
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The Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 18 goals, Dylan Larkin has 25 assists and Anthony Mantha has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 75.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 87 goals on 784 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 91 goals on 990 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Boston Bruins look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.3 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 41 goals, Brad Marchand has 48 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 68 goals on 971 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 62 goals on 783 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Red Wings are 1-11 in the last 12 meetings in Boston and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Boston.
The Boston Bruins should win this game and there's no real reason to consider backing the Detroit Red Wings in their current form. However, the Red Wings have won each of the last five meetings against the Bruins, which includes a 3-1 win over them last week. The Red Wings have outscored the Bruins 13-6 in the last three meetings. The Bruins should win and early games usually favor the home team, but I'll take a shot at the big plus money based on the history.