In a game that features two of the league’s strongest penalty-kill units, the Calgary Flames and the Boston Bruins collide at TD Garden. This East-West matchup will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, and it can be viewed live on New England Sports Network.
Calgary Flames vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Calgary (+175) is currently the underdog to Boston (-210), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -130 for the under and +110 for the over.
Even though the team’s posted a record of 39-24 straight up (SU), moneyline bettors have earned 1.1 units by wagering on Boston this season. Out of the team’s 63 regular season outings, 34 of them have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just four have pushed. This year, the team is 21-11 SU at home.
The Bruins enter the matchup with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve found the net on 25.2 percent of their extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated fourth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Bruins have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game overall this season, 4.2 per game over their past five outings total, and 3.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for 9.4 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Sporting a .928 save percentage and 27.1 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (23-13-6) has been the best goalkeeper for Boston this year. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to rest him, however, Boston might go with Jaroslav Halak (16-13-13 record, .918 save percentage, 2.42 goals against average).
The Bruins will continue to look for leadership out of David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand. Pastrnak (88 points) has tallied 45 goals and 43 assists and has recorded multiple points 27 times this year. Marchand has 24 goals and 54 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 45 games.
Calgary has lost 7.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 32-31 straight up (SU). Through 63 regular season matches, 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under the total and just five have pushed. As an away team, the Flames are 18-15 SU.
The Flames have converted on 19.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked eighth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Calgary’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.9 per game over their past ten games. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 8.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
David Rittich (27.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary. Rittich owns a 23-21-5 record, while registering a .908 save percentage and 2.91 goals against average this year.
Johnny Gaudreau (16 goals, 36 assists) has been one of the primary playmakers on offense for the visiting Flames.
Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under
Boston is 0-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Calgary is 6-1 in shootouts.
Three of Boston’s last five games gone under the total.
Calgary has managed 34.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Boston has been attempting 38.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
Over Calgary’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-3 in those games).
The Bruins this season have tallied the seventh-most hits per game in the NHL (23.7).