Having banked four straight victories, the Boston Bruins (4th in Atlantic Division) will try to keep that trend going while hosting the Nashville Predators (1st in Central), who just ended a five-game winning streak with a home defeat versus Buffalo.
Preds End Win RunA five-game winning streak came to an end for the Nashville Predators (24-12-2), who were beaten with a count of 4-1 by the Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. Matt Duchene (17 goals, 34 points this year) tied the game at 1-1 with his third man-advantage strike in two games midway through the second period before the visitors scored during power play themselves just before the second intermission, adding two more snipes in the final third. It was just the second regulation defeat for Nashville in its past 15 fixtures (12-2-1).
We lost but Juuse is still an All-Star https://t.co/pNj7MVqsBg— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) January 14, 2022
Goalie Juuse Saros made 17 saves on Thursday to take his current performance status to 20-10-1 for the season with a 2.30 GAA and a .927 save percentage. He has posted a 1-1-0 past total against the Boston Bruins with a 1.54 GAA and a .957 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are scoring the 14th highest number of goals per game this year (3.08), while allowing the 9th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.68). They are sitting 4th in power play with a 27.0% success rate and are 9th in penalty kill with 82.3% efficiency.
B’s Win Fourth StraightThe current winning streak of the Boston Bruins (21-11-2) stretched out to four matchups, as they recorded their seventh victory in the past eight outings (7-1-0) following a 3-2 triumph against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden on Thursday. Playing just 24 hours following a 5-1 home win versus the Montreal Canadiens, the B’s had David Pastrnak (16 goals, 30 points this year) record his 11th career hat trick, with Brad Marchand (19 goals, 41 points) and Charlie McAvoy (5 goals, 22 points) providing two assists each. Boston is 4-1-0 in its last five home games.
Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots in his first outing since June 9 last year, starting the current campaign with a 1-0-0 total on top of a 2.00 GAA and a .926 save percentage. He has registered a 5-1-2 career record versus Nashville with a 2.26 GAA and a .922 save percentage, while Linus Ullmark (12-5-0 on the season with a 2.48 GAA and a .919 save percentage) is 1-3-0 against the Predators previously with a 3.50 GAA and a .897 save percentage. The Bruins are 13th in most goals scored per game this year (3.12), 4th in least goals allowed on average (2.53), 9th in power play (23.1%) and 7th in penalty kill (82.9%).
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Full-Game Side Bet
Friday’s 4-1 domestic defeat to the Buffalo Sabres aside, Nashville is still one of the hottest teams in the NHL at the moment, going 12-2-1 in its last 15 contests. Boston, meanwhile, trends not far behind, having posted seven triumphs in its most recent eight fixtures, scoring an average of five snipes per game in its past four outings. It will be a clash between two in-form teams. Still, do pick the Bruins over the Preds on Saturday! The B’s have been excellent on own ice lately, banking four victories on the previous five occasions, going with an impressive 8-1 record in their last nine games against sides from the Central Division. The Predators, meanwhile, have only managed to triumph twice on their last 10 trips to Boston, losing three of their most recent four head-to-head matchups overall.
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At least seven snipes have been scored in five of the last seven meetings between Boston and Nashville, averaging no less than 7.40 markers per clash. So, do bank on their upcoming matinee encounter on Saturday to deliver another high-scoring outing! Five of the previous six games of the Bruins against teams with a winning percentage above the .600 mark, as well as six of their past seven Saturday contests, have already gone over the total. Six of the most recent eight overall fixtures of the Predators, meanwhile, have all produced plenty of strikes, averaging seven tallies per clash.