NHL Picks: Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins

David Lawrence

Saturday, October 5, 2013 2:10 PM GMT

The Red Wings and Bruins meet on Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston with face off set for 7:05 PM ET. Here are the NHL Betting odds for our Saturday Hockey Picks.

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According to current NHL betting odds the Bruins are a -150 money line home favorite and the total is 5.5. Boston is -1.5 (+177) on the puck line. The game will be televised by the NHL Network. 

Boston Strong!

The Bruins opened their season on Wednesday night with a solid workmanlike performance in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay. The Bruins accomplished a rarity versus the Lightning scoring 2 shorthanded goals in the same game. Both Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly both scored while down a man. Tuukka Rask was as sharp as ever in the opener stopping 32 of 33 shots on goal. Milan Lucic also recorded his first goal of the year which was the game winner late in the 2nd period. Boston was 0-3 on the power play and was outshot in the game 33-25.

The Bruins Backend Best in the NHL

You wouldn’t need to be a Philadelphia lawyer to make the case that the Bruins collectively have the best group of defensemen in the NHL. It all starts with 6’9 and 255-pound Zdeno Charra who is an absolute dominating force on the blue line. Charra possesses the rare ability to not only dominate in his own zone but contributes offensively as well. His physical presence on the ice goes without saying. Charra saw 24:14 of ice time in the opener which was by far the most of any of the Bruins. The Boston defense has a great mix of size, mobility, and offensive ability. The group often gets overshadowed by the play of goaltender Tuukka Rask but is the solid foundation behind the success of the Bruins in recent years. 

Back East and Still Winning 

The Detroit Red Wings are back in the Eastern Conference for the first time in over 4 decades and are off to a fast 2-0 start. Last night the Red Wings virtually stole a win at Carolina winning 3-2 in overtime. Detroit overcame a 2-0 third period deficit to defeat the Hurricanes in their home opener. Henrik Zetterberg tied the game with just 0:17 left in regulation time, and then Stephen Weiss won it with a goal at 3:13 of sudden death overtime. The Red Wings outshout the Canes in the game 38-25 and have outshot their opponents in the first 2-games by a 72-45 margin. Jimmy Howard was once again solid in goal stopping 23 of 25 shots. Niklas Kronwell has been outstanding on defense in the first 2-games for Detroit with a plus/minus rating of +5. Johan Franzen chipped in 2 assists in last night’s win. Detroit has seen both of their first 2-games easily stay under the total. Detroit opened the season on Tuesday winning their home opener 2-1 over Buffalo. Last season the Red Wings were a solid 7-2-2 when playing with no rest. Detroit has started the season killing 9 of 10 of their opponent’s man advantage situations. Detroit is 0-6 so far on the power play. 

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Final Analysis

Both of these teams are extremely disciplined and very well coached. Jimmy Howard of Detroit and Tuukka Rask of Boston are among the elite goaltenders in the NHL right now. The defensive corps on both sides is outstanding and has the ability to limit opponents quality chances on a nightly basis. Although both of these teams have skill and scoring ability at their forward positions, they rarely get involved a wide open type of game. This one has all the ear marks of a tight checking game that will become a war of attrition. My NHL picks lean is toward a low scoring game tonight.

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