Bet Bruins to Keep Winning Streak Alive vs. Oilers With Your NHL Picks

Bruce Webster

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 7:28 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 7:28 PM GMT

The Boston Bruins visit the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night, and we gather here to analyze the NHL odds that will allow us to make profitable NHL picks and make big bucks.

Boston Bruins (13-8-1 SU, 11-11 PL, 14-6-2 OU) vs Edmonton Oilers (8-15-2 SU, 15-10 PL, 14-9-2 OU)
Lines: +119
Total: 5.5

The Boston Bruins come in hot as they have won their last five games in a row after beating the New York Rangers by a 4-3 score on Friday night and the NHL odds show as much, while the Edmonton Oilers come in off a 3-0 loss at Toronto, which was their 7th loss in their last nine games. Boston is 5-1 their last six trips to Edmonton.

 

Bruins Win Streak at Five after Beating the Rangers
The Boston Bruins are a hot team and also a well-rested team after beating the New York Rangers Friday night for their 5th win in a row, which is their longest win streak of the year so far. The offense has been the key for Boston all year and it was the key in the win over the Rangers as they scored four goals off of Henrik Lundqvist, who had been pretty dominant this year. Patrice Bergeron got the scoring underway with a first period goal and then with 1:43 left in regulation it was David Krejci with his 9th goal of the year that won it for Boston.

As a team, the Bruins are now ranked 3rd in the league in scoring, putting up 3.3 gpg, and they have the league’s best power play to boot. They have needed all that scoring as their play in the net has not been that good, as they come in ranked 25th in the league goals allowed (2.9), while also ranking 27th in penalty. A big reason for the weak defensive numbers has been the play of Tuukka Rask and while he did get the win over the Rangers, he still has a high 2.94 GAA and a low .899 save percentage. He should get the start here and is 4-1 with a 1.97 GAA vs the Oilers in his career.   

 

Oilers Get Blanked By Rookie Goalie
The Edmonton Oilers have been a very average offensive squad this year, but on Monday night they were well below average as they allowed Garret Sparks, who was making his first career start, throw a shutout against them. That really isn’t supposed to happen in the NHL, but it did and now they come home off a five game road trip in which they scored a total of just seven goals. This was a team that was top 10 in scoring when they had Connor McDavid in the lineup, but their offense has suffered without him. He is still out for at least another month.

Overall, the Oilers are 19th in scoring; putting up just 2.4 gpg, while also ranking 16th in power play conversions, converting on 19.5% off their chances. They really need the offense to start stepping up as the defense has been bad, ranking 19th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg) and 18th in penalty kill (78.9%). Taking the loss vs the Leafs was Anders Nilsson, who is now 5-8 with a 2.71 GAA on the year and has yet to make a start vs Boston, but did allow 3 goals in a game vs them in relief. 

Trends for Boston:
62-28 in their last 90 vs. a team with a losing record

8-2 in their last 10 road games

 

Trends for Edmonton:
12-39 in their last 51 games playing on one day’s rest

5-23 in their last 28 home games following a road trip of seven or more days

The over may also be a viable play here, but I like the side better. This game really sets up nicely for Boston, especially with the trends above and the fact that Tuukka Rask is 4-1 with a 1.97 GAA in his career vs the Oilers. Now, let’s throw in the fact that Boston is 16-3-1 their last 20 in this series, which includes a 5-1 mark here at Rexall Place and we have an even stronger play. Boston has been great on the road this year and the Oilers have been a sorry team when coming home off a long road trip. The defenses are both weak, but Boston has a big edge on offense and they also have the momentum of a five game win streak going for them as well, plus they have been off since Friday, while the Oilers have had just one day off since their last game. There is far too much favoring the Bruins in this one. Hence, we are adding them to our  NHL picks for the night.

Free NHL Pick: Boston -130 at Bookmaker

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