Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights (30-20-4) vs Boston Bruins (32-18-4)

Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 9:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Vegas Golden Knights +125 / Boston Bruins +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Vegas Golden Knights host the Boston Bruins in Thursday NHL Action.

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-18-4. Through 54 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 161 times, good for a rank of 18th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.67 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 26th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Vegas Golden Knights get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 30-20-4. This mark places them 3rd in the Pacific division. Through 54 games, the Golden Knights have scored 175 goals, giving them an average of 3.17. This output gives them a rank of 13th among NHL teams. On defense, Vegas is the 15th ranked unit, giving up 2.89 goals per contest. So far, the Golden Knights have played the 5th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Vegas's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 11th in the NHL.

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Through 54 games, the Boston Bruins goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak with 54 points. He has reached his mark of 29 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.3%. So far, 41.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 31 assists to go along with his 23 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.8 goals per game.

Through 54 games, Vegas' leading goal scorer is Jonathan Marchessault. With his 21 goals and 17 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 38. On the season, he is turning 13.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Golden Knights have benefited from the strong play of Chandler Stephenson, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Vegas's 54 games, he has come up with 14 goals on a shooting percentage of 17.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +4.0. Vegas' top goalie is Robin Lehner, who is giving up an average of 2.81 goals per game. In his 35 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 46% percent of the time.

In terms of betting, the Bruins are covering the spread in less than half their games, with an ATS record of just 19-31. Even though they have an overall ATS record below .500, they have managed to cover 13 of their 23 road games. On the season, the Boston Bruins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.28. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.63 goals. Heading into their game with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Bruins have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. On the other side, over their last 5 games, Vegas has just one game in which they surpassed their season scoring average. Look for the Bruins to pick up the win.

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