Boston Bruins vs. Arizona Coyotes - 2/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Arizona Coyotes (27-22-7) at Boston Bruins (33-10-12)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Bruins -202 / Arizona Coyotes +181 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Arizona Coyotes and Boston Bruins meet Saturday in NHL action at the TD Garden.
The Arizona Coyotes need a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Garland leads Arizona with 19 goals, Nick Schmaltz has 31 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 55 goals on 772 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 67 goals on 786 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games.
The Boston Bruins look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.8 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 38 goals, Brad Marchand has 46 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 63 goals on 892 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 62 goals on 783 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed one or less goals in four straight games.
The Coyotes are 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog, 0-4 in their last 4 games as a road underdog and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Bruins are 6-0 in their last 6 games as a favorite, 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite and 38-15 in their last 53 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 21-10-1 in Coyotes last 32 road games. The under is 6-1 in Bruins last 7 home games. The Coyotes are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Boston and 5-18-2 in the last 25 meetings. The favorite is 14-2 in the last 16 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston.
The Arizona Coyotes went from being a team that was hit or miss to completely falling off a cliff and piling up the losses at an unreal clip. The Boston Bruins are back on one of their hot streaks where the defense has picked up, and the Coyotes are one of those teams they've owned over the years, which includes six straight wins at the TD Garden. The Bruins should win this game once again, and I'll take the PL to trim down an expensive ML price.