Minnesota Wild (5-7 SU, 7-5 PL, 7-4-1 O/U) vs Boston Bruins (5-7 SU, 3-9 PL, 6-6-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Monday, November 6, 2017
Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
Lines: Boston -125/ Minnesota +113
Monday evening on the NHL ice and the Central Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the Minnesota Wild battle it out with the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Wild enter the game off a 2-0 home loss to the Blackhawks, while the Bruins are off a 3-2 home loss to the Caps. Goalie Probables: The wild will be sending out Devan Dubnyk in this one and he will be opposed by Tuukka Rask.
The Wild Were Blanked At Home By Blackhawks
The Minnesota Wild had the 2nd most points in the league last year, but they have struggled out the gate this year so far as they have won just five of their first 12 games.The offense has been an issue of late as they have scored just 15 goals in their last six games and have been shutout twice over that stretch after falling 2-0 to Chicago at home on Saturday night. They just couldn’t get their offense going as they had just 24 shots on goal. Chris Stewart has led them in scoring this year with six goals while leading them in points is Jared Spurgeon, who has nine. The Wild have gone 2-3 on the road so far. Devan Dubnyk didn’t have a bad game as he stopped 33 of the 34 shots that he faced in the game, but his offense let him down. The 2nd goal allowed was an empty-netter. Dubnyk is now 4-5 with a 2.81 GAA and a .913 save percentage on the year overall, while on the road he has gone 1-2 with a 3.39 GAA and a .899 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 84-91 with a 2.63 GAA on the road and 19-27 with a 2.62 GAA during the month of November, while against the Atlantic Division he has gone 30-22 with a 2.21 GAA and he has gone 2-5 with a 3.42 GAA against the Bruins.
The Wild have been a solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 15th in the league in scoring at 3.08 gpg, while also ranking 28th in shots taken (29.2 spg) and 18th in power play conversions, converting on 17.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been above average so far as they come in ranked 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 15th in shots allowed (32.2 spg) and 19th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.6% of their chances.
Rask Falls To The Caps Again
The early season struggles continue for the Boston Bruins as they come in off a 3-2 home loss to the Capitals on Saturday night and are now just 5-7 on the year overall, including 4-4 at home. Another struggle also continued and that was the struggle of Tuukka Rask against the Capitals, who is now just 1-15 with a 3.07 GAA and a .889 save percentage in his career against Washington after taking the loss on Saturday night. He just cannot beat that team and it is something to look forward to the next time he faces them. Rask is now 2-6 with a 2.70 GAA and a .905 save percentage on the year overall, including 2-3 with a 2.38 GAA and a .912 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 114-89 with a 2.11 GAA in his home games and 39-25 with a 2.05 GAA during the month of November, plus he has gone 25-27 with a 2.27 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Wild in his career he has gone 2-4 with a 1.96 GAA. Scoring both goals for the Bruins in the loss was David Pastrnak and he now has eight goals on the year, which ties him for the team lead with Brad Marchand. No one else on the team has more than three goals, while Marchand leads them in points with 14.
Boston has been below average on offense so far as they rank 20th in the league in scoring at 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 27th in shots taken (29.6 spg) and 4th in power play conversions, converting on 27.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been below average as they come in ranked 16th in goals allowed, giving up 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (31.0 spg) and 4th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 13.0% of their chances.
- 4-12 in their last 16 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game
- 3-12 in their last 15 after allowing two goals or less in their previous game
- 13-4 in their last 17 vs. a team with a losing record
- 10-2 in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
The Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild have both gotten off to rather slow starts. Minnesota has struggled on offense of late as they have been shutout in two of their last six games and have scored just 15 total goals over that stretch, while the Bruins have been struggling on offense for much of the year, but they will be taking on Devan Dubnyk, who is just 2-5 with a 3.42 GAA in his career. Rask is just 2-4 in his career against the Wild, but with a 1.96 GAA. The Wild have really played well in this series of late, but I see the Bruins coming out on top in this one.