The Boston Bruins, spearheaded by David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, are set to take the ice against Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, and the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome for an East-West showdown. The match will get underway at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, February 21 and it can be viewed live on New England Sports Network.
Boston Bruins at Calgary Flames Odds
The Bruins (-135) are being picked as the favorites over the Flames (+115) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-115 over, -105 under).
Boston is 38-23 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. 34 of its contests have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Bruins are 17-12 SU as an away team in 2019-20.
Boston currently touts the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 25.0 percent of its extra-man opportunities this season. Its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.2 percent of its penalties..
Averaging 27.3 saves per game with a .932 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (23-12-6) has been the top option in goal for Boston this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Boston might go with Jaroslav Halak (15-12-6), who has a .922 save percentage and 2.31 goals against average this year.
Calgary is 31-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 61 regular season contests, 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 28 have gone under and just three have pushed. This season, the team is 14-15 SU at home.
The Flames have converted on just 20.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all opponent power plays.
David Rittich (27.8 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in goal for the Flames. Rittich has 22 wins, 21 losses, and five OT losses to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 2.93 goals against average and a subpar .908 save percentage this year.
Boston Bruins vs. Calgary Flames Betting Predictions
Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
- The Bruins are 0-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Flames are 6-1 in shootouts.
- For both of these clubs, the over has hit in each of their last five games.
- Over Boston’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-1 in those games).
- Boston skaters have accounted for the eighth-most hits in the league (23.7 per game), but the team’s recorded just 18.4 hits over their last five away games.