Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins - 2/9/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Bruins (34-10-12) at Detroit Red Wings (13-39-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm (Little Caesars Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +248 / Boston Bruins -280 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings meet Sunday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for another win to build on their six-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 two or less goals in six straight games.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 18 goals, Dylan Larkin has 24 assists and Anthony Mantha has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 74.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 87 goals on 784 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 83 goals on 899 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
The Bruins are 6-0 in their last 6 games as a favorite, 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games and 10-4 in their last 14 games as a road favorite. The Red Wings are 18-37 in their last 55 home games, 17-38 in their last 55 Sunday games and 10-42 in their last 52 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Red Wings last 6 overall. The Bruins are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The underdog is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit.
This is a quick turnaround for a Boston Bruins squad that played yesterday, but I'm not sure it matters given the opponent. The Detroit Red Wings can't buy a victory these days and the defense seems to get worse and worse every time we see them. The Red Wings have won the last four meetings against the Bruins, but none of those teams were playing at this level, and they're head and shoulders the worst team to back in the NHL. I have no choice but to side with the Bruins, and I'll take the PL for added value.