The Boston Bruins (21-7-6) travel to face off against the Detroit Red Wings (17-15-4) on Sunday, December 31st. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 5:00 ET.
Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings
The Boston Bruins Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Bruins have a mark of 21-7-6. When going on the road, Boston has a record of 10-5-3 record, while they are 11-2-3 at their home arena. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 2nd in the Eastern conference. Boston heads into the game with 15 wins by more than one goal, and lost five games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 18-16.
The Bruins played host to the Devils in their previous game and emerged with a 5-2 win. During the first period, the Bruins started slow, but they turned things around by scoring four times in the second period and one goal in the third. Of Boston’s five goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 31 shots on goal and had three giveaways.
Boston secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The over/under line going into the game was 6 goals, which the teams surpassed with their combined 7 goals.
The Detroit Red Wings Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Bruins, the Red Wings have a record of 17-15-4 so far. At home, their record is 10-6-3 and 7-9-1 on the road. They are currently positioned 5th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 12th in the Eastern conference. Looking at Detroit’s average scoring margin, it is +.2, which has led to a puck line record of 20-16. When playing at home, their scoring margin is +.5, and on the road, it is -0.2.
The Red Wings played host to the Predators in their previous game and emerged with a 5-4 win. Against the Predators, the Red Wings scored two goals in the first period and two times in the 3rd period. Throughout the game, the Detroit offense managed to score one time while short-handed and took 23 shots on goal.
Detroit’s straight-up victory didn’t translate to covering the puck line in the game, despite being favored by -1.5. The combined total of 9 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals for the game.
Boston Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game this season, putting them in the 19th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 21st in the league. Boston’s offense comes into the game ranked 9th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 31st in the NHL.
This season, the Bruins’ have an over/under record of 16-18-0. Throughout the season, they have played 20 games that did not exceed the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.
Detroit Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Red Wings are averaging 3.6 goals per game this season, putting them in the 3rd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 18th in the league. This season, the Red Wings are 7-3 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 10-11 record.
For the season, the over/under record of the Red Wings’ stands at 22-14-0. They have had 22 games during the season that exceeded the 6.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 7 goals per game.
Boston Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Bruins head into the game ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32 shots per game against Boston. So far, they are 9th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Detroit Team Defense
The Red Wings defense is currently 5th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.1 shots per game against Detroit. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 13th with 2 shutouts.
Bruins vs Red Wings Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Bruins have a straight up record of 2-3 while going 2-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- Across their last five home contests, Detroit has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-4, while averaging 2 goals per game.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Red Wings have a straight up record of 3-7. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 7-3.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Boston has an puck line mark of 4-6 while going 5-5 straight up.
If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Red Wings to take down the Bruins at home. With the moneyline currently at +115, I’m placing my bet on the Red Wings straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Red Wings winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Red Wings 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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