Kings & Bruins Claw their Way to an ‘Under’

Los Angeles Kings players celebrating

Dana Lane

Saturday, October 28, 2017 4:36 PM GMT

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 4:36 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Kings are off to their best start in 37 years taking their 8-1 record at the TD Garden to take on the Boston Bruins who have found success against the West. Puck drops at 7:00 pm ET, join expert capper for a valuable NHL pick.

Free NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Los Angeles Kings vs Boston Bruins  

Last season, we saw a bunch of coaching changes that led to many in season resurgences but we almost always overlook when it happens in the off-season and the impact that it makes. The Los Angeles Kings decided to part ways with Darryl Suter and GM Dean Lombardi after a disappointing 16-17 season. Rob Blake was named General Manager and John Stevens assuming the head coach position. It’s too early to make an assessment on the long-term effects of the move but in the short term, the Kings are 8-1-1 to start the 17-18 season.

Much of the credit can go to Jonathan Quick, who is finally 100% healthy. Quick hasn’t been confirmed as the starter but he is probable against Tuukka Rask, the Bruins likely starter in net. Quick is fresh off of a 40 save shutout of the Montreal Canadiens which plays into tonight’s wager. The Kings are now ranked first in the NHL with just 1.90 goals allowed per game. They take that ranking into Beantown to face the Bruins who are back to placing an emphasis on defensive hockey. Last year, Boston was among the league’s best in shots per game but this season has been a different story as only three other teams puts fewer shots on net.

Coming off a shutout Quick’s numbers are impressive, 1.88 goals against average to complement his .944 save percentage. Nothing about those statistics moves me to get on the ‘over’. Apparently, I’m alone in that thinking as 75% of the early wagers have come in on the ‘over’, pushing our selection to a more favorable -115, down from -125. Quick has now won 14 of his last 16 starts with 2 overtime defeats. His plays sparks early Vezina discussion which would be Quick’s first. His history against Boston is sparkling led by his 1.96 GA and .931 save percentage over 13 games.

The Bruins are expecting Tuukka Rask to return after passing through concussion protocol. Rask doesn’t own the impressive record against the Kings that Quick does against Boston but his 2.26 goals against and .931 save percentage against the Kings are equal to Quick.

It looks as if David Krejčí will be out for this one and is likely out for Columbus on Monday as well. He joins Noel Acciari, Adam McQuaid, Ryan Spooner as Bruin players dealing with injuries. I’ve always believed that when teams are wading through injuries that they resort to strong defensive play. The combination of that and two goaltenders who have had a history of strong play against one another leads me to an easy ‘under’ NHL pick tonight.

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