Bust out some leftover turkey and cranberry sauce and get ready for another battle on the NHL odds on Friday afternoon in a nationally televised clash between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings.
The Red Wings know that they really need to push hard to stay in the race in the Central Division with the Chicago Blackhawks playing great hockey. The good news is that the team has put together a great stretch of games over the course of the last week or so. Detroit has won three straight games, including taking two on the road against Pacific Division rivals. The 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday marked the third straight victory by multiple goals. The streaks just keep on coming, though. Detroit won five in a row, lost six in a row, won four straight, lost back to back, and now has won three straight. This is a brutal stretch of games coming up with the visit to Boston followed by home dates against the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning, and then finished with a trip to the Buffalo Sabres before heading back out West. Jimmy Howard continues to be a pillar in the posts, going 11-5-1 with a 1.92 GAA in his 17 starts this year.
Of course, when you’re talking about teams that are as hot as could be, you have to talk about the Bruins. The defending Stanley Cup champs are finally playing the part, as they came out of the gates in terrible form to start their title defense. Now, Boston has won 10 straight, including a tremendous 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres via a shootout on Wednesday night. In this stretch, just about everything continues to go correctly. Tim Thomas has pitched three shutouts since November 5th, and he has won two shootouts as well. The offense has put at least four goals up in eight of the 10 games. Tyler Seguin continues to put together fantastic outings. The 19 year old already has 12 goals and 11 assists on the campaign to lead the team in scoring, and he had a goal and an assist on Wednesday night to lead the team to victory against the Sabres. Seguin has eight of his goals in his last nine games, and he has logged at least one point in seven of the 10.
Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins Pick: The Bruins are just too hot right now to go against. Though we do think that the Red Wings will put up a great fight, especially in this nationally televised game, we’ll back the red hot B’s to take down the two points and to stretch their winning streak to 11 games.
NHL Pick: Boston Bruins
Aaron Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.