Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins - 1/7/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (24-8-11) at Nashville Predators (19-15-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -105 / Boston Bruins -105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Boston Bruins need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 27.2 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 31 goals, Brad Marchand has 40 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 58 goals on 757 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 567 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Nashville Predators need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Roman Josi leads Nashville with 14 goals, Nick Bonino has 11 assists and Ryan Ellis has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 74.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 68 goals on 651 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 56 goals on 508 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed four or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Bruins are 35-17 in their last 52 Tuesday games, 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 4-11 in their last 15 overall. The Predators are 8-3 in their last 11 Tuesday games, 4-9 in their last 13 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 5-0 in Bruins last 5 overall. The over is 9-2-1 in Predators last 12 overall. The Bruins are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville. The home team is 18-5 in the last 23 meetings. The favorite is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.
The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Bruins and Predators, and Nashville just beat Boston on the road a couple of weeks ago. Both of these clubs are playing losing hockey overall lately, so this is a spot where I usually side with the home ice and let the cards fall where they may. It's the one clear edge we have in a matchup between teams that can't produce two points. Give me the Predators.