TD Garden will be the site for an intriguing clash as the Nashville Predators face off against the Boston Bruins. New England Sports Network will air this East-West matchup, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21.
Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Boston (-175) is currently favored over Nashville (+155), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -120 under, +100 over.
Despite posting a record of 21-15 straight up (SU), moneyline bettors have earned 2.8 units by wagering on Boston this season. Of the team’s 36 games this season, 16 have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and just three have pushed. The team’s 12-8 SU at home this season.
The Bruins have been able to convert on 26.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for fourth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.0 percent of all penalties.
The Bruins, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.6 times per game overall this season, and 2.0 per game over their last five contests home outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays for just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.
Averaging 27.5 saves per game with a .922 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (13-9-5) has been the principal goalkeeper for Boston this year. If Boston chooses to rest him, however, head coach Bruce Cassidy might roll with Jaroslav Halak (8-6-6 record, .928 save percentage, 2.26 goals against average).
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will both be focal points for the Bruins. Marchand (51 points) has tallied 18 goals and 33 assists and has recorded multiple points in 15 different games this year. Pastrnak has 28 goals and 22 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 25 games.
On the other side of the ice, Nashville is 16-18 straight up (SU) and has lost 11.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 34 regular season matches, 21 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under the total and none have pushed. As an away team, the Predators are 7-8 SU so far.
The Predators have converted on just 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s ranked 24th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 25th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.1 percent of all penalties.
Nashville’s skaters have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, and 4.5 per game over their last ten games. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Pekka Rinne (23.5 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Nashville. Rinne owns an 11-8-3 record, and has registered a .894 save percentage and 2.99 goals against average this year.
Roman Josi (11 goals, 20 assists) has been one of the primary playmaking threats for the visiting Predators.
Nashville Predators vs. Boston Bruins Betting Picks
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Over
Nashville is 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 0-5 in shootouts.
Four of Nashville’s last five games have gone over the total.
Nashville has attempted 33.7 shots per contest overall this season (the second-most in the NHL), and 30.2 in its last five road outings.
Over Nashville’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
The Bruins this season have dished out the eighth-most hits per game in the NHL (24.2), but the club has averaged 29.0 over their last five games as the home team.