Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild Free Prediction

Squaring off for the final time this year, the Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Wild take the ice at the Xcel Energy Center for an East-versus-West matchup. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the action, which gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 25.,

Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild Odds

Boston is 46-27 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 7.8 units this season. 39 of its contests have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Bruins team is 21-15 SU on the road.,

Boston has converted on 22.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and the teams successfully killed off 82.6 percent of all penalties.,

The Bruins, as a collective unit, have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over its last five games. The team has had to defend opponent power plays 8.6 minutes per game over their last five outings.,

Averaging 25.5 saves per game with a .917 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (31-17-5) has been the best option in goal for Boston this year. If Boston decides to rest him, however, the team could go with Anton Khudobin (15-13-5 record, .917 save percentage, 2.48 goals against average).,

The visiting Bruins have relied on Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak this year. Marchand (78 points) has tallied 32 goals and 46 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 23 different games. Pastrnak has 29 goals and 43 assists to his nameand has logged at least one point in 47 games.,

Over on the other bench, Minnesota is 42-32 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.2 units this season. 38 of its contests have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just four have pushed. The team is 25-13 SU at home this year.,

The Wild have converted on just 20.2 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.6 percent of all penalties.,

Minnesota players have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last ten outings. The teams had to defend opponent power plays just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.,

Devan Dubnyk (27.0 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Wild. Dubnyk has 33 wins, 21 losses, and six overtime losses and has recorded a mediocre 2.60 goals against average and a .916 save percentage this year.,

Eric Staal (39 goals, 33 assists) will lead the offensive counter for Minnesota.,

Boston Bruins at Minnesota Wild Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Minnesota is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 3-2 in shootouts.,
  • The under has hit in four of Boston’s last five outings.,
  • Nine of Minnesota’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 6-3 overall in those games.,
  • Boston skaters have accounted for the leagues eighth-most hits per game (23.8).