Nashville Predators (0-0-0) at Boston Bruins (0-0-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 5, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -125 / Nashville Predators +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Nashville Predators open the NHL season on the road at the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
Despite going all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals a season ago, the Nashville Predators finished 4th in the Central at 41-29-12. Nashville averaged 2.9 goals which was 11th in the game and gave up 2.7 goals to rank 15th. Nick Bonino, Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg lead the offense although there is youth that needs to produce. The Predators should have enough scoring but will Pekka Rinne provide the consistency needed between the pipes? Rinne had his moments in the postseason last season but needs to avoid the highs and lows and put to bed the label ‘great at home but a worry on the road’.
The Boston Bruins were ousted in the opening round of the playoffs so the team obviously wants to go deeper then round one. Boston built a 44-31-7 record a season ago with some average scoring and decent goaltending. The Bruins second in the game in shots at 33.2 resulting in 2.8 goals for 13th in the NHL. The Boston defense allowed 2.5 goals to rank number nine but there were no significant changes to help improve either area possibly because a strong finish to last year has the team believing there are enough pieces to make the next step. The offense features Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron while Tuukka Rask remains as the over worked back stop.
Under is 6-1-2 in Predators last 9 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and Predators are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic and over is 4-1-1 in Predators last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Bruins are 0-5 in their last 5 home games and Bruins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Central and Bruins are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and home team is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings and Predators are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Boston.
I am digging in to this further but right now I believe the Bruins at a decent price isn’t a bad way to go…