The Boston Bruins (24-8-6) travel to face off against the Colorado Avalanche (25-12-3) on Monday, January 8th. This game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver and televised on ESPN+. The Bruins are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Avalanche are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Panthers. Puck drop is set for 9:00 ET.
Boston Bruins vs Colorado Avalanche
The Boston Bruins Are Coming Off A Win
Through 38 games, the Bruins are 24-8-6 and sit in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. In the Atlantic Division, Boston is in 1st place and has a record of 10-5 against divisional opponents. On the road this season, the Bruins have gone 12-5-3 and have won three straight games away from home.
Over their last ten games, Boston has gone 5-5, and they have won four of their last five games overall. As the underdog, the Bruins have gone 4-0-1 this season, and they have been the underdog in just five of their 38 games.
On the season, the Bruins have gone 21-17 against the puck line and have a puck line record of 5-5 in their last ten games. In their last three road games, Boston is 3-0 against the puck line.
So far this year, the Bruins have 18 wins by multiple goals, compared to just six wins by one goal. As the underdog, Boston has a puck line record of 5-0, and their average scoring margin on the road is +.5 goals per game.
In their most recent game, the Bruins faced the Lightning and came out victorious with a score of 7-3. In all three periods, the Bruins’ offense found the net against the Lightning. Boston finished with one power-play goals, while they also managed to score one time when shorthanded. Their game concluded with 27 shots on goal.
Boston also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. With a combined total of 10 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
The Colorado Avalanche Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Avalanche have been dominant, going 16-5-0 and 23-10-3 as the favorite. In the Western Conference, Colorado is in 3rd place and 2nd in the Central Division. Their overall record is 25-12-3, and they have won four of their last five games.
Over their last ten games, the Avalanche are 7-3, and they are 18-11 against other Western Conference teams. In 40 games, they have accumulated 53 points. For the year, Colorado has been favored in 36 of their 40 games.
At home this season, the Avalanche have a puck line record of 13-8 and an average scoring margin of +1.3 goals per game. Overall, Colorado’s puck line mark is 19-21, including going 1-2 against the puck line in their last three games.
So far, the Avalanche have won 18 games by multiple goals compared to just seven wins by one goal. In their last ten home games, Colorado has a puck line record of 5-5, and they have dropped two straight games against the puck line at home.
Coming off a 8-4 loss at home to the Panthers, the Avalanche are hoping to bounce back today. In the first period, the Avalanche struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with three times in the second period and one goal in the third. Of Colorado’s four goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 26 shots on goal and four giveaways.
Colorado took a loss vs. the puck line in the game, going into the game favored by -1.5. The combined total of 12 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
Boston Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Bruins have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 12th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 21st in the league. Boston’s offense comes into the game ranked 8th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 24th in the NHL.
The Bruins’ over/under record this season is 19-19-0. For the season, they have had 21 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 6.1 goals per game.
Colorado Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Avalanche come into the game at 3.7 goals per contest placing 2nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 5th position in the league. So far this year, the Avalanche are 15-7 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 8-5 in games with fewer shots on goal.
So far, the Avalanche have an over/under record of 22-16-2. Coming into the game, they have played 22 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 6.9 goals per game.
Boston Team Defense
Defensively, the Bruins come into the season ranked 8th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.8 shots per game against Boston. For the season, they are ranked 12th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Colorado Team Defense
The Avalanche defense is currently 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 28.6 shots per game against Colorado. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 23rd with 1 shutouts.
Bruins vs Avalanche Trends
- Across the Bruins last ten road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 4-6, while going 5-5 straight-up.
- Across the Avalanche last three home games, the team averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 4. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 2-1 straight-up.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Avalanche have a straight up record of 1-2 and an puck line mark of 1-2.
- Through their last three games as the favorite, the Bruins have an puck line record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Bruins to take down the Avalanche on the road. With the moneyline currently at +110, I’m placing my bet on the Bruins straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Bruins winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Bruins straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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