Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins - 1/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Boston Bruins at Nashville Predators

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM (Bridgestone Arena)

BOS -115, O/U 6

The Boston Bruins head to Nashville, TN on Tuesday for a game against the Predators in a matchup of teams from the Eastern and Western Conference.  In their last game, the Bruins were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers by the score of 4-1.  The Bruins received their lone goal from David Pastrnak on the power play at 3:10 of the 1st period with assists from Torey Krug and Brad Marchand. Boston goalie Jaroslav Halak was in net for the Bruins and took the loss, allowing 3 goals on 25 shots. 

The Bruins are currently 24-8-11 on the season and are currently in 1st place in the Atlanta Division. David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in points with 61 on the season.  Pastrnak also leads the Bruins in goals on the year as he has recorded 31 on the season.  Brad Marchand is Boston’s leader in assists with 40 on the year.  The goalies for Boston have been strong all season as Tuukka Rask is currently 15-4-6 with 2 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.30.  Backup goalie Jaroslav Halak currently has a record of 9-4-5 with 3 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.25.  The Bruins have 4 players listed on their injury report as Anton Blidh, Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy are on injured reserve, while Matt Grzelcyk is listed as day to day. 

The Nashville Predators welcome the Boston Bruins to town on Tuesday after losing their last game against the Anaheim Ducks by the score of 5-4 in a shootout.  Nashville received goals from Austin Watson, Rocco Grimaldi and 2 goals from Craig Smith in the loss. Juuse Saros started in net for Nashville and took the loss as he allowed 4 goals on 47 Anaheim shots. 

After their loss against the Ducks, the Predators record on the season is 19-15-7, good enough for 6th place in the Central Division. Nashville’s points leader is Roman Josi who has 44 points on the season. Josi also leads Nashville in goals with 14 on the season, including 4 coming while on the power play.  Josi is also Nashville’s leader in assists with 30 on the year. Goalie Pekka Rinne is 14-8-3 on the season and has recorded 3 shutouts and a goals against average of 2.98.  Meanwhile, backup goalie Juuse Saros has not been as good and is 5-7-4 on the year with a goals against average of 3.25.  Nashville comes into Tuesday’s game with 3 players listed on their injury report as Ryan Ellis is on injured reserve while Matt Duchene and Dante Fabbro are listed as day to day. 

The Boston Bruins have scored an average of 3.26 goals per game on the season while allowing 2.44 goals per game.  The Nashville Predators have scored 3.44 goals per game on the year while allowing 3.27 goals per game.  In their last 5 games, the Bruins are 2-3 and have lost 3 games in a row while the Predators are 1-4.  The Predators won the first meeting of the season between these two teams by the score of 4-3 in overtime, in a game played in Boston.  The total has gone under in 5 of Boston's last 5 games. The total has gone over in 8 of Nashville's last 10 games. The total has gone over in 4 of Nashville's last 5 games against Boston. Nashville is 4-9 in their last 13 games at home.  I look for the Bruins to get back on track in this one as they are too good of a team to go out and lose a 4th game in a row, especially with the goaltending that they have.  Boston wins this one 3-2. 

Travis’s Pick Boston Bruins -115(ML)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.