Planning on watching today’s Bruins and Red Wings game? Catch the action at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI, as the Red Wings hosts this showdown at 5:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bruins are the favorites in this Atlantic division matchup against Red Wings. The over/under for the game is set at 6.5 goals.

BOSTON BRUINS VS DETROIT RED WINGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Detroit Red Wings +1.5

This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena at 5:00 ET on Sunday, December 31st.

WHY BET THE DETROIT RED WINGS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Red Wings to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Red Wings on the moneyline (+115)
  • The Red Wings are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Does Boston Have What it Takes to Win as Road Favorites?

As they head into their game vs. the Red Wings, the Bruins have a 21-7-6 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 11-2-3, and they have 10-5-3 mark on the road. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 1st, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 2nd.

Against the puck line, Boston is 18-16. Their road puck line record so far is 9-9 while sitting 9-7 at home against the puckline. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Boston is 5.8. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 5.9. The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 16-18-0.

Through their last three road contests, the Bruins offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Boston posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.

Offensively, the Bruins come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 19th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 21st position in the league. This season, the Bruins are 9-0 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 12-6 record.

Boston’s leading scorer is David Pastrnak. So far, he has 22 goals which is 6th in the NHL. Pastrnak also comes into the game with 26 assists.

Defensively, the Red Wings are currently 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.1 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 13th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Jeremy Swayman gets the start and has made 17 starts this season. His record at this point is 10-2, and his save percentage is 0.73%.

Is a Home Win Possible for the Red Wings?

So far this season, the Red Wings have an overall record of 17-15-4. Currently, they are 10-6-3 at home and carry a two game home win streak into the game. Their current record places them 5th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 12th in the Eastern conference.

Detroit is 20-16 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 11-6 compared to 9-10 at home. This season, Detroit’s games are averaging 7 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.4. The Red Wings currently have an over/under record of 22-14-0.

Across the Red Wings last three home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.

For their offensive performance, the Red Wings come in averaging 3.6 goals per game this season, which is 3rd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 18th in the league. This year, the Red Wings have recorded a 7-3 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 10-11 record.

Detroit’s leading goal scorer is Alex DeBrincat. So far this season, he has 17 goals, placing him 14th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 20 assists so far.

Defensively, the Red Wings are currently 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.1 shots per game against Detroit. They also are 13th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Boston, goalie Alex Lyon has started eight games in this season. His current record is 5-3, and his save percentage stands at 0.38%.