The Boston Bruins (19-6-6) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (14-13-4) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Wild are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Bruins are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jets. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Boston Bruins vs Minnesota Wild
The Boston Bruins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Through 31 games, the Bruins have achieved an overall record of 19-6-6. When on the road, Boston holds a 9-4-3 record, while they are 10-2-3 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 2nd in the Eastern conference. This season, Boston’s average scoring margin is +.5, which has their puck line record at 16-15. Their average home scoring margin is +.9, and in road games, it stands at +.2.
Coming off a 5-1 loss on the road to the Jets, the Bruins are hoping to bounce back today. During the initial two periods, the Bruins struggled offensively and remained without a goal, but they finally broke through with one goal in the third period. Boston’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 25 shots on goal in total.
Boston took a loss vs. the puck line in the game, going into the game favored by -1.5. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals, with a combined total of 6 goals.
The Minnesota Wild Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Wild have an overall record of 14-13-4. On the road, Minnesota is 6-9-2 and 8-4-2 at home. In the Western Central division, they are currently 7th, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 11th. This season, Minnesota’s average scoring margin is -0.1, which has their puck line record at 17-14. Their average home scoring margin is .0, and in road games, it stands at -0.2.
In their last game, the Wild were the hosts against the Canadiens, and they came away with a 4-3 win. After scoring two goals in the first period, the Wild found the net one time in the 3rd period against the Canadiens. Of Minnesota’s four goals, two came while in power play. They ended the game with 24 shots on goal and had 11 giveaways.
Although Minnesota secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
Boston Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 19th in the league. The Boston offense is ranked 12th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 31st in the NHL.
The Bruins come in with an over/under record of 15-16-0. Over the course of the season, they have had 16 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.8 per game.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Wild are averaging 3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 23rd spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 26th in the league. Looking at how the Wild’s offense is performing during power plays, they are 21st in power play goals and 23rd in shorthanded goals.
This season, the over/under record for the Wild’s is 16-13-2. Over the course of the season, they have had 17 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
Boston Team Defense
Boston defense takes on the Wild ranked 13th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.1 shots per game against Boston. They alsso are 9th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Minnesota Team Defense
The Wild defense is currently 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.5 shots per game against Minnesota. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 16th with 2 shutouts.
Bruins vs Wild Trends
- Although Boston has a straight up record of 2-3 in their last five road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-4. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
- Across the Wild last ten home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 7-3, while going 4-6 straight-up.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Wild have a straight up record of 3-7 and an puck line mark of 8-2.
- Going back to their last three games as the favorite, the Bruins have a straight up record of 0-3. But, their mark vs the puck line was just 0-3.
Bruins vs Wild Prediction
For a moneyline pick, I’m taking the Bruins to pick up on a win over the Wild and the road. With the moneyline sitting at -126, I’ll be locking in a bet on the Bruins straight-up.
If you’re looking for my recommendation on the puck line, I suggest taking the Wild to cover. Even if the Bruins manage to win outright, this game is expected to remain competitive, and the Wild should cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 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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