Arizona Coyotes vs. Boston Bruins Free Pick 12/7/17

Last Updated: 2017-12-07

TD Garden plays host to an East-West tilt as the Arizona Coyotes head across the country to meet the Boston Bruins. It’s the last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The action will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, and it can be viewed live on Fox Sports Arizona.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Boston Bruins Odds

With a -215 moneyline, Boston enters the matchup as the noticeable favorite. The line for Arizona sits at +180 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -110 for the over and -110 for the under.

The Bruins are 12-13 straight up (SU) and have recorded -4.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Atlantic Division so far in this young season, is a slide from what the team recorded during the 2016-17 season (44-38). 13 of the team’s 25 contests have gone under the total, while 12 have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 7-6 SU at home this year.

Boston’s converted on 18.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 85.0 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, Beantown has been whistled for penalties 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over its last five games home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 8.2 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.

Averaging 24.1 saves per game with a .906 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (5-11-2) has been the best option in goal for the Bruins this season. If they decide to give him a rest, however, head coach Bruce Cassidy could roll with Anton Khudobin (7-4-4 record, .922 save percentage, 2.53 goals against average).

The Bruins will continue to lean on the offensive production out of David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. Pastrnak (24 points) has tallied 14 goals and 10 assists and has recorded multiple points on seven separate occasions this year. Marchand has nine goals and 11 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 12 games.

Over on the other bench, Arizona is 7-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 16 of its games have gone under the total, while 13 have gone over and just one has pushed. As an away team, Arizona is 4-14 SU so far.

Arizona has converted on just 16.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 15th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Arizona’s players have been whistled for penalties only 3.1 times per game this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Antti Raanta (.914 save percentage and 2.84 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta is averaging 23.8 saves per game and owns a 4-9-2 record.

Clayton Keller (11 goals, 12 assists) will lead the attack for the visiting Coyotes.

Arizona Coyotes vs. Boston Bruins Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Notes

The total has gone over in three of Boston’s last five games.

Boston’s attempted 31.1 shots per contest overall this season (ranked 20th in the NHL), and 32.0 across their last 10 outings.

Penalties and power plays may have a key role tonight. The Coyotes are 4-13 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 5-18 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Bruins are 4-7 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 5-8 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.

Arizona is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 1-1 in shootouts.

Boston has averaged 11.2 takeaways per game over its last five home games, an improvement over its season average of 9.6 takeaways per game (ranked 6th overall).

Arizona has averaged 6.8 takeaways per game over its last five road games, an improvement over its season average of 5.0 takeaways per game (ranked 31st overall).

Boston could hold an advantage if it’s a close one late. The team’s 7-5 in games decided by one goal, while Arizona is 5-9 in such games.

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