Calgary Flames vs. Boston Bruins Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

TD Garden plays host to a cross-continent matchup as the Boston Bruins welcome the visiting Calgary Flames. The opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, and you’ll be able to witness it live on Sportsnet West.

Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins Odds

Netting 6.3 units for moneyline bettors, the Bruins are 34-20 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That win percentage, ranked third in the league so far in the early season, is an improvement compared to what the team managed during last years regular season (44-38). 29 of the teams 54 matches have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just one has pushed. The teams 18-11 SU at home this year. Boston’s connected on 21.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated third overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.9 percent of all penalties. Boston, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over its last five outings home outings. The teams had to kill penalties for just 8.4 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total. With a .924 save percentage and 25.4 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (22-14-4) has been the primary option in goal for the Bruins this year. If they, however, decide to give him a rest, head coach Bruce Cassidy might go with Anton Khudobin (12-8-8 record, .925 save percentage, 2.32 goals against average). The Bruins will continue to look for leadership from Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Marchand (53 points) has produced 21 goals and 32 assists and has recorded multiple points 17 times this year. Pastrnak has 21 goals and 30 assists to his name and has notched a point in 37 contests. Calgary is 29-27 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 30 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just one has pushed. As the visiting team so far, Calgary is 16-11 SU. Calgary has converted on just 17.1 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places it in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 18th overall and it’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties. Calgary’s players have been penalized 4.2 times per game this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five road outings. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays 8.6 minutes per game over their last five outings. Mike Smith (.921 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Calgary. Smith is averaging 29.0 saves per game and has 24 wins, 23 losses, and six OT losses to his credit. For the visiting Flames, the offense will be coordinated by Johnny Gaudreau, who has 48 assists and 18 goals this year.

Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Flames, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Calgary is 2-5 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 games.
  • Seven of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 5-2 overall in those games.
  • The Bruins this season have registered the eighth-most hits per game (23.9).