Last Updated: 2019-02-20
A couple of teams that are squarely in playoff contention, the Boston Bruins and the Vegas Golden Knights clash at T-Mobile Arena. NBC Sports Network will air this East-West matchup, which gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 20.
Boston Bruins vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Playing the role of favorite will be Vegas (-125), whereas Boston is an underdog showing moneyline odds of +105 and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -115 for the over and -105 on the under.
Though the team is 35-25 straight up (SU) this season, Boston has actually lost 2.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. 33 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. This 2018-19 Bruins team is 14-15 SU on the road.
Boston comes into the match up with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 26.9 percent of its extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 17th out of 31 teams, and the team’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Bruins have been sent to the penalty box 3.9 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over its past five games total, and 4.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 26.2 saves per game with a .918 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (20-13-4) has been the top option in goal for Boston this season. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to rest him, however, the team might roll with Jaroslav Halak (15-15-4 record, .923 save percentage, 2.35 goals against average).
The visiting Bruins will be led by Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Marchand has 70 points via 23 goals and 47 assists, and has recorded multiple points 22 times. Pastrnak has 31 goals and 35 assists to his credit (and has registered a point in 37 games).
Vegas is 32-29 straight up (SU) and has lost 8.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 61 regular season matches, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 28 have gone over and just four have pushed. This year, the team is 17-12 SU at home.
The Golden Knights have converted on just 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all penalties.
Golden Knights players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.2 times per game this season, and 3.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Marc-Andre Fleury has stopped 25.5 shots per game as the top choice in the crease for the Golden Knights. Fleury has 29 wins, 22 losses, and four OT losses to his credit and has maintained a pedestrian 2.61 goals against average and a subpar .908 save percentage this season.
The home team will be led on offense by Alex Tuch (16 goals, 26 assists).
Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights Free Picks
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
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Vegas is 2-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 1-2 in shootouts.
For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in four of their past five matches.
Two teams that put the puck on net a lot, Boston has registered the league’s ninth-most shots on goal (32.7) while Vegas’s attempted the third-most (33.9). The Bruins have averaged 28.4 shot attempts over their last five road games while the Knights have taken 39.4 shots over their last five home outings.
Four of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-0 in those games.
This game features two of the tougher teams in the league. Boston skaters have given out the league’s 10th-most hits per game (23.5) while the Knights have handed the third-most (27.6).