Tonight’s first TNT matchup is the Boston Bruins (37-18-5) head to St. Paul to face the Minnesota Wild (34-20-4) in their second and final matchup of the season. The Wild currently sit at fourth in the Central and Bruins fourth in the Atlantic with playoffs just over a month away.
Minnesota has struggled a little lately as they are currently 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and have allowed 46 goals in that same stretch ahead of Wednesday’s matchup with Boston who won a close game over the Blackhawks last night. The Bruins have also gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Will the Wild take advantage of the Bruins’ second leg of a back-to-back? Can the Bruins even the season series and pick up their fourth straight win?
Wild Need Home-Ice Advantage
The Wild opened as -120 favorites on the ML with a total of 6 that favors the Over. The first meeting between these two took place on January 6th and resulted in a 3-2 road victory for the Wild who were +140 underdogs. The game also resulted as an under with the total at six.
The Wild have only lost seven games in the Xcel Energy Center this season with a 17-7-1 record at home. The Wild have struggled recently at home winning only one of their last five games in St. Paul. They have also struggled with stopping goals as they have allowed 25 goals in that same span with an average of 5 goals against per game. On the flip side, they have only scored 12 goals in those last five home games. Long story short, Wild fans are due to witness some goals again as their team was a top five scoring team at one point in the season.
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Boston Strong on the Road
The Bruins are not the easiest opponent to play when they are on the road with a 18-8-3 record in away games. In their last five road games they have a 4-1-0 record including a 7-0 victory in Los Angeles. With Ullmark getting the start last night in Chicago, expect Swayman in net this game who has a 2.20 GAA in his last 5 games with a 0.917 SV%. This game will certainly come down to goaltending.
Both teams have tremendous offensive ability with the Wild currently ranked fourth in goals for per game at 3.67 and Bruins at fifteenth with 3.02 GF/PG. With both over 3 goals per game, expect some goal scoring in this one.
Although Minnesota outscores Boston on the offensive end, the Bruins have the better defensive team who allows the fifth least amount of goals allowed per game at 2.68 while the Wild sit twenty-second in the league at 3.22 GA/PG.
The Pick is In
With that being said, the Wild are the play here at their value at home who also look to take advantage of the Bruins back to back games. The Wild have one of the best home records and are definitely due for a turnaround after losing three straight home games. Look for them to get some goals and back into their winning ways as they have a healthy roster again.
Picks: Minnesota Wild Moneyline, Over 6 goals