Edmonton Oilers (4-7-1) at Boston Bruins (8-6-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 6, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -215 / Edmonton Oilers +195 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins play Thursday night at the TD Garden.
The Edmonton Oilers look to snap a three-game losing streak and climb out of the Pacific Division cellar. In order to do that, the Oilers have to improve their defense that’s allowing 3.5 goals per game. The Oilers have allowed 11 goals in their last three games and have lost seven of their eight games this season where they’ve allowed three or more goals. Ben Scrivens has allowed 29 goals on 281 shots and Viktor Fasth has allowed 11 goals on 79 shots. The good news for the Oilers is that they’ve allowed just one power play goal in their last eight games. Offensively, Taylor Hall leads Edmonton with six goals, Jordan Eberle has six assists and Nail Yakupov has 26 shots on goal. The Edmonton Oilers are one of the worst power play teams in the league, scoring just 13.2 percent of the time.
The Boston Bruins have won four of their last five games and are in the thick of the Atlantic Division race. The Bruins have shown more consistency on the defensive end, allowing two or less goals in four of their last five games. The Bruins have allowed just one power play goal in their last six games and have won six straight games when allowing two or less goals overall. Niklas Svedberg has allowed seven goals on 117 shots and Tuukka Rask has allowed 25 goals on 265 shots faced. Offensively, Brad Marchand leads Boston with five goals, Carl Soderberg has seven assists and Dougie Hamilton has 33 shots on goal. The Boston Bruins are slowly starting to play like the team we expected to see before the season started.
The Oilers are 51-124 in their last 175 road games and 15-45 in their last 60 vs. a team with a winning record. The Bruins are 38-14 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 37-15 in their last 52 home games. The Oilers are 0-8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Boston and 2-15-1 in the last 18 meetings overall.
The Boston Bruins have owned the Edmonton Oilers for as long as we can remember and with the way they're both playing now, it's tough seeing that change. Give me the Bruins and the run line to give us more value for our buck.