NHL Picks: Grab Bruins to Keep Winning Streak Alive in Nashville

Bruce Webster

Monday, December 7, 2015 12:40 PM GMT

The TD Garden in Boston, MA hosts the Nashville Predators & Boston Bruins as they meet at 7:00 PM ET on Monday, December 7. Join in on the fun for an NHL odds breakdown and a final NHL pick.

Nashville Predators (13-8-4-1 SU, 11-15 PL, 10-12-4 OU) vs. Boston Bruins (14-8-2-1 SU, 12-13 PL, 15-8-2 OU)
Lines: +120/-140
Total: 5

The Nashville Predators come in off a very tough 5-4 loss in OT at Detroit and they are now just 2-7 in their last nine games, while the Boston Bruins come in off a 4-0 shutout on the road vs the Vancouver Canucks, which now has them at 6-2 in their last eight games. Boston has won the last five at home in this series. Let's break down the NHL odds and choose a side for Monday's game.

 

Preds Blow Late Lead In Loss To Red Wings
The Nashville Predators took control of their game vs Detroit on Saturday night with three goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead in the third. They then added a goal in the third to make it 4-2, but after that it was all Detroit as the Red Wings tied it with 2:23 left in regulation and then won it just 1:41 into the extra session on a goal by Gustav Nyquist. It just was a meltdown by the Preds late in the game and that Meltdown came from Pekka Rinne, who allowed all five goals in the game and is now 11-11 with a 2.44 GAA on the year. He should get the start and he is 3-1 with a 2.32 GAA in his career vs Boston.  

Offensively it was not a bad night for the Preds, especially since they have had issues scoring of late. Shea Weber was the star of the offense for the Predators as he scored three goals in the game, including two of them in that three goals second period for the Preds. Really is a waste of a hat trick. Weber now has nine goals on the year. His nine goals are second on the team behind James Neal, who has 10. They are the only two players on the team with more than five goals. Nashville checks in at 16th in the league in scoring (2.6 gpg) and 9th in power play conversions (20.7%), while on defense they are 19th in goals allowed (2.6 gpg) and 29th in penalty kill (75%).   

 

Rask Blanks Canucks For 3rd Shutout Of The Year
Tuukka Rask had a miserable start to his year as he was 5-8 in his first 13 starts with a GAA north of 3.00. Duening the first 13 games he allowed five or more goals five times, but now in his last six games he has two shutouts and has not allowed more than three goals in any of those games. Coincidently he is 4-2 in those games. Looks like he is getting his act together. In the win over Vancouver he only faced 17 shots in the game, but still he stopped them all for his 3rd shutout of the year and his 29th of his career. He had three all of last year. Rask should get the start here and is 2-2 with a 2.66 GAA in his career vs the Predators.

The Bruins got goals from Brad Marchand (13th), Torey Krug (3rd), Landon Ferraro (2nd) and Tyler Randell (4th) in the win. Marchand’s 13 goals leads a Boston team that comes in ranked 3rd in the league in scoring, putting up 3.28 gpg on the year. They only had 22 shots in the win over the Canucks, but still are 6th in the league in shots taken at 30.8 spg and they also have the top power play in the league as well, converting on 30.6% of their chances. On defense Boston come si at 22nd in goals allowed (2.8 gpg) and 23rd in penalty kill (78.5%). 

 

Trends for Nashville:
2-6 in their last eight when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game
1-4 in their last five vs. the Atlantic

 

Trends for Boston:
23-9 in their last 32 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
6-1 in their last seven games playing on one days rest

The Bruins have not been a great home team this year, but the Preds have won just one of their last six games on the road. The Bruins are playing much better overall as they have gone 6-2 in their last eight games, while the Preds have won just two of their last nine games. Tuukka Raska is also heating up and Pekka Rinne has been struggling of late. The Bruins should stay hot with a big home win over the Preds in this one. We are backing them with our NHL picks.

Free NHL Pick: Boston -140 at BetOnline

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