Planning on watching today’s Bruins and Wild game? Catch the action at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, as the Wild hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on NESN. In this non-conference matchup, the Bruins are the betting favorite against Wild. The over/under for the game is 6 goals.
BOSTON BRUINS VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Wild +1.5
This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:
- Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Wild to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
- We like the Wild on the moneyline (+103)
- The Wild are also our pick on the spread at +1.5
Can the Bruins Offense Score Enough on the Road?
Currently, the Bruins hold an overall record of 19-6-6 for the season. On the road, Boston has a 9-4-3 record, while they are 10-2-3 at their home venue. Their current record places them 1st in the Eastern Atlantic division and 2nd in the Eastern conference.
Boston is 16-15 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 8-8 compared to 8-7 at home. This season, Boston’s games are averaging 5.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 5.9. The Bruins currently have an over/under record of 15-16-0.
In their last three games away from home, the Bruins have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
In terms of their offensive performance, the Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 21st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 19th in the league. Boston’s offense is currently ranked 12th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the league.
Boston’s current leading scorer is David Pastrnak. This season, he has 19 goals, which puts him 4th in the NHL. Pastrnak also comes into the game with 24 assists.
Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30.5 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 16th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Minnesota, goalie Linus Ullmark has started 15 games in this season. His current record is 10-4, and his save percentage stands at 0.7653061224489796%.
Can Minnesota Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?
This season, the Wild currently hold an overall record of 14-13-4. When playing on the road, Minnesota has a 6-9-2 record, while they are 8-4-2 at home. This record has them sitting 7th in the Western Central division and 11th in the Western conference.
In terms of the puck line, Minnesota are 17-14. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 11-6, while their overall home performance is 6-8. For the season, Minnesota’s games have finished with an average of 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.3. Overall, the Wild have an over/under record of 16-13-2.
In their last three home games, Minnesota has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 3-0 vs. the spread.
For their offensive performance, the Wild come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 23rd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 26th in the league. Minnesota’s offense comes into the game ranked 21st in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 23rd in the NHL.
Minnesota will be looking for a good game from Joel Eriksson Ek who leads the team in scoring with 14 goals, ranking 30th in the NHL. Eriksson Ek also comes into the game with 8 assists.
In terms of defense, the Wild head into the game ranked 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.5 shots per game against Minnesota. So far, they are 16th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Goalie Filip Gustavsson comes into the game having made 20 starts this season. So far, his record is 9-8 and he has a save percentage of 0.8673469387755102%.