NHL Picks: Ducks vs Bruins

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, October 31, 2013 12:56 PM GMT

The Boston Bruins host the Anaheim Ducks tonight at the TD Garden. Where have our handicappers decided to place their green?

According to NHL betting odds the Bruins are a -135 money line home favorite and the total is 5.5. These two clubs have seen 5 of their last 7 meetings in Boston go over the total.

Home Crowd Hangover

There is sure to be some type of emotional letdown today in the city of Boston today after watching their Red Sox win the World Series last night at home. It marked the first time in 95 years that the Red Sox had won a World Championship at historic Fenway Park. The question will be entering tonight’s game will be how much energy will the home town faithful have left to cheer on their beloved Bruins in an early season non-conference game?

Getting Back on the Saddle

The Bruins were defeated 3-2 last night in Pittsburgh which marks the first time this season that they’ve lost 2-games in a row. Boston ran into a Pittsburgh team last night that was playing with a chip on their shoulders after being swept in 4-games of last season’s Eastern Conference Finals. On a positive note Jerome Iginla scored his 3rd goal in the last 2-games in last night’s loss. In addition the loss marked the first road defeat of the season for the Bruins who had won their first 4-games of the season in enemy territory. Boston is now 5th in the Atlantic Division just 2-points behind Tampa Bay, Montreal, and Detroit who are all tied for second place. Backup goaltender Chad Johnson is scheduled to get the start tonight for the Bruins.

The Mighty Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks are off to a terrific 10-3 start to the season which finds them in second place in the Pacific Division just 2-points behind first place San Jose. This will be the Ducks 5th game of a 7-game road trip that has seen them go 3-1 thus far. Tuesday night they captured their third win in a row with a 3-2 victory at Philadelphia. The Ducks trailed in the game 2-0 at the conclusion of the 1st period. They proceeded to score the last 3-goals of the game with the winner from Kyle Palmieri coming with just 4:09 left in the 3rd period. It was the 2nd goal of the game for Palmieri with both of those coming in the final stanza. The Ducks outshot the Flyers 37-28 which is nothing new this season. The Ducks are 2nd in the NHL averaging 35 shots on goal per game, and have outshot their opponents by an average of 6.5 per game. The Ducks #1 goaltender Jonas Hiller is scheduled to be between the pipes tonight.

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Final Analysis

This is an extremely tough spot for the hometown Bruins for a variety of reasons. Boston expended an abundance of emotion and energy in last night’s loss at Pittsburgh. The Ducks enter this contest riding a wave of momentum, and are sure to be up to the challenge of playing one of the best teams in the NHL. In addition the Ducks will have their #1 guy in goal tonight, while the Bruins will rest star goalie Tuukka Rask who played in last night’s loss. My NHL Pick is with the red-hot road underdog in this spot.

NHL Pick: Anaheim +115 over Boston