Minnesota Wild vs. Boston Bruins - 2/1/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (30-10-12) at Minnesota Wild (23-21-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild +127 / Boston Bruins -140 --- Over/Under: 6
The Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Boston Bruins look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 37 goals, Brad Marchand has 44 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 150 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 62 goals on 829 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 60 goals on 735 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Minnesota Wild need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Ryan Suter has 28 assists and Eric Staal has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 74.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 71 goals on 663 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 68 goals on 702 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in four of their last eight games.
The Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 41-19 in their last 60 Saturday games and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite. The Wild are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 3-1-1 in Wild last 5 overall. The Bruins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Boston Bruins have won the last five meetings against the Wild, but they haven't had much recent success on the end of back to backs and have been shaky in their play the last couple of weeks overall. The Minnesota Wild are well rested and have shown enough improvement defensively as of late to expect a turnaround to happen at some point. I'll take a chance with the Wild and the plus money given the rest advantage and the home ice.