The Boston Bruins, led by David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, are ready to take the ice against Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, and the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in an East-West showdown. This one will get started at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19 and it is being shown live on Sportsnet.
Boston Bruins at Edmonton Oilers Odds
Edmonton (+150) is playing the role of underdog to Boston (-170), and the oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-125 for the under, +105 for the over).
Though the team is 37-23 straight up (SU) this season, Boston has actually lost 2.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. 33 of its contests have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the away team in 2019-20, the Bruins are 16-12 SU.
Boston currently has the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 25.9 percent of its extra-man chances this season. Its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 84.2 percent of its penalties..
Averaging 27.3 saves per game with a .931 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (22-12-6) has been the best option in goal for Boston this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, the team could go with Jaroslav Halak (15-12-6 record, .922 save percentage, 2.31 goals against average).
On the other side of the rink, Edmonton is 32-27 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.2 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 59 regular season contests, 29 of its games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just three have pushed. It’s 15-13 SU as the home team this year.
The Oilers currently have the first-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve scored on 29.5 percent of their extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
Mikko Koskinen (27.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Oilers. Koskinen has 17 wins, 15 losses, and two overtime losses to his name and has registered a pedestrian 2.85 goals against average and a .911 save percentage this season.
Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
Seven of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-1 in those games.
Penalties and power plays could play a key role in the outcome of this one. The Bruins are 13-13 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 19-17 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 minutes, in total. The Oilers are 15-9 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 24-19 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
Boston is 0-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Edmonton is 2-2 in shootouts.
Edmonton may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 13-9 in games decided by one goal, while Boston is 13-16 in such games.
Four of Boston’s last five outings have gone under the total.
Boston is ranked 16th this season with 9.9 giveaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as it’s averaged 7.7 giveaways over its last 10 games and 8.8 giveaways over its last five.
Edmonton skaters have averaged 16.0 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 12.0 giveaways per game (ranked 27th in the league).
Boston skaters have accounted for the league’s seventh-most hits per game (23.7), but the team’s averaged just 18.2 hits over their last five away games.