TD Garden is playing host an Original Six matchup as the Boston Bruins take on the visiting Detroit Red Wings. It’s the fourth and final time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. NBC Sports Network will air the game, and the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 6.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Boston is 40-23 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.6 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked fourth in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 44-38 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 63 regular season contests, 33 have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 22-11 SU at home.
The Bruins have converted on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 83.1 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, the Bruins have been penalized 3.8 times per game overall this season, 4.2 per game over their last five games total, and 3.8 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties for 8.6 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Boasting a .919 save percentage and 25.1 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (26-16-4) has been the best goalkeeper for the Bruins this year. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to give him the night off, however, the team may roll with Anton Khudobin (14-10-10 record, .921 save percentage, 2.34 goals against average).
The Bruins will continue seeking leadership from Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Marchand (61 points) has tallied 25 goals and 36 assists and has recorded multiple points 19 times this year. Pastrnak has 23 goals and 35 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 41 contests.
Detroit is 26-39 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 39 of its matches have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the road team, the Red Wings are 13-18 SU.
The Red Wings have converted on just 18.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Detroit’s players have been penalized 3.6 times per game this season, 3.4 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.8 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jimmy Howard (26.7 saves per game) has been the main option in the net for Detroit. Howard has 18 wins, 31 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .911 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this year.
Dylan Larkin (nine goals, 39 assists) has been one of the top offensive facilitators for the visiting Red Wings.
Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins Betting Predictions
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
- Detroit is 4-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 3-2 in shootouts.
- The over has hit in three of Boston’s last five outings.
- Detroit has managed 33.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Boston has been attempting 37.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
- Boston has scored 3.3 goals per game overall this season, but is averaging 4.7 per match up on its three-game winning streak.
- The Bruins this season have tallied the ninth-most hits per game (23.9), but that average has climbed to 26.8 over their past five home outings.