Boston Bruins Travel to Minnesota to Face the Wild
The Boston Bruins will travel to the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday evening to take on the Minnesota Wild in a non-conference matchup. This will be the second and final regular-season game between these franchises. Minnesota was able to pick up a 3-2 road win back on January 6.
The Bruins are sitting at fourth in the Atlantic Division (6-18-5, 77 points), while the Wild are currently third in the Central Division (34-19-4, 72 points).
These teams are both talented and trying to make a push to get a home ice advantage in the playoffs. Let’s take a deeper dive into Boston and Minnesota to determine the best bet to make for this game.
Game Preview: Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild March 16
The Bruins have been depending on the production of right winger David Pastrnak; he is seventh in the sport in goals as he has recorded 60 points (33 goals, 27 assists). He scored six points in their last five games.
The Wild have been doing very well behind the production provided by left winger Kirill Kaprizov as he is sixth in the league in points, tied for eighth in the NHL in assists, and tied for 12th in assists. He has produced 73 points (30 goals, 43 assists) while scoring eight points in their last five games. Look at the offenses as a whole, Boston is averaging 3.02 goals on 35.2 shot attempts while Minnesota is scoring 3.70 goals on 32.7 shots.
The defenses have been playing decently well as the Bruins are allowing 2.64 goals on 29.1 shot attempts this season, while the Wild are giving up 3.21 goals on 32.2 shots so far.
For Boston, Linus Ullmark has been doing well inside of the net as he has posted a 17-9-2 record while giving up 2.81 goals with a 90.7 save percentage thus far. Compare that to the play of Minnesota’s goaltender Cam Talbot as he has a 22-12-1 record this season while saving 90.6 percent of shots and allowing three goals per game.
Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild Betting Prediction
These teams have played well this season, and the talent seems to be evenly distributed, especially on the defensive side of the ice.
Minnesota is arguably the best team at home this season as they have a 17-6-1 home record. Both teams are playing incredibly well on the offensive side as both teams are scoring 3.33 goals in their last three games.
Boston is a putrid 22-37 against the spread this season, while Minnesota is 26-31 against the spread thus far. All in all, go with the Minnesota Wild to cover the puck line.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.