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National Hockey League action on Friday evening and the Atlantic Division will square off with the Pacific Division as the Boston Bruins duke it out with the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Bruins are off a 6-3 home win over Chicago, while the Ducks are off a 1-0 home win over the Canucks.
Bruins Cool Off The Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks went into their game with the Bruins on Tuesday evening riding a seven game win streak, but that came to an end with a 6-3 Boston win at home. The Bruins have been hot of late in their own right as they come in having won three in a row and five of their last six. Boston is now back in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division and while they are 18 points out of first in the Division, they are just three points out of 2nd. The Bruins currently hold down the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference and their lead over 9th place Carolina is eight. The Bruins trailed Chicago 1-0, but then scored the next three goals of the 1st and the next four of the game and never looked back. David Krejci led the attack with two goals and he now has 14 on the year. Danton Heinen (9th), Brad Marchand (22nd), Jake DeBrusk (15th), and Peter Cehlarik (4th) also scored in the win. David Pastrnak is out until Mid-March.
🎥 Bruce Cassidy talks about his lineup for Friday's game vs. Anaheim and describes the play of call-up Karson Kuhlman: pic.twitter.com/AL5qrTVAP5
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Grabbing the win against Chicago was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 23 of the 26 shots that he faced to improve to 18-12 with a 2.38 GAA on the year. Jaroslav Halak is slated to get the start in this one and he has gone 14-13 with a 2.44 GAA on the year, including 4-9 with a 2.66 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 9-7 with a 2.68 GAA against the Ducks. The Bruins have gone 11-15 on the road and they have averaged 2.27 gpg and have allowed 2.69 gpg in those games. Boston enters this game ranked 2nd in the league in power play conversions at 26.8% and 14th in penalty kill at 80.4%.
Sometimes Change Is Good
The Anaheim Ducks had lost seven games in a row and they were outscored 37-8 in those games. The Ducks then fired Randy Carlyle and brought in Bob Murray to takes his place as coach and it was a good move as the Ducks went out and beat the Canucks by a score of 1-0 in his first game. Keith Boyle also had a strong out in his first career start as he stopped all 35 shots that he faced. Both John Gibson and Chad Johnson are out, so the job is Boyle’s for the time being. He was 19-7 with a 2.02 GAA and a .909 save percentage for the San Diego Gulls this year.
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The Ducks were tied with the Kings for the fewest points in the Western Conference, but now they have the 2nd fewest points in the conference. Despite all the struggles the Ducks have had, they are still just six points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. Scoring their lone goal against the Canucks was Jakob Silfverberg, which was his 8th of the year. The Ducks have now totaled just five goals over their last five games. Anaheim has gone 11-16 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.41 gpg and have allowed 2.96 gpg in those games. The Ducks check in ranked 29th in power play conversions at 14.6% and 17th in penalty kill at 80.1%.
- 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win
- 5-0 their last five home games in this series
- 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- The Under is 16-6-1 in their last 23 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I may be crazy, but I will take a shot with the Ducks in this o[ne. They have not been playing well overall, but they have a new found energy underBob Murray and the Bruins have gone just 11-15 on the road for the year. We also note that the Bruins ar5e just 1-9 in their last 10 games in this series and they will again be without David Pastrnak. Give to the Ducks in this one.
Prediction: Anaheim +160
Full-Game Total Pick
This may be the best play on the board tonight. The Bruins have averaged just 2.27 gpg on the road and most of that was with David Pastrnak, while Keith Boyle just blanked the Canucks at home in his first career start. The Ducks have been a mess of offense of late as they have totaled just five goals over their last five games and Jaroslav Halak has a 2.66 gpg average on the road and a 2.68 GAA against the Ducks in his career. Lastly, the Under is 17-6-5 in Boston’s last 28 games as a road favorite of -151 to -200 and 12-4 in Anaheim’s last 16 games as a home underdog.
Prediction: Under 5.5