Both Tuuka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are playing great between the pipes. The goaltenders have allowed one or fewer goals in eight of the team’s last nine games, which is incredible.
On the season, the Bruins are scoring 3.32 GPG (6th), while only allowing 2.32 GA/G (1st).
Edmonton have won four of their last five games, including a two-game win streak with those wins coming against FLA (4-1) and CAR (4-3). They’re 3-1 since Connor McDavid got injured.
Goaltending has been a problem for the Oilers, but the team hasn’t allowed more than three goals in any of their last five games. The Oilers are scoring 3.19 GPG (10th), while allowing 3.07 GA/G (16th).
While only probable at the time of publishing, Rask and Mike Smith are the likely starters in net.
Draisaitl vs. Pastrnak
With McDavid out, everyone will be watching the battle between Draisaitl and Pastrnak.
Leon Draisaitl leads the NHL with 95 points (34G/61A). David Pastrnak is tied for second in the NHL in points (82) and he’s tied for the lead in goals (42) with Auston Matthews.
Pastrnak has seven points in the Bruins last five games, while Draisaitl is on fire and has 12 points in the Oilers last five games. It’s going to be tough keeping either star off the scoresheet.
Avoid the Penalty Box
It’s important for both of these teams to stay out of the penalty box tonight.
Edmonton rank #1 on the powerplay (29.5 PP%), while the Bruins rank #2 (25.9 PP%). Both teams are terrible at killing penalties as well. Both teams are tied for 29th on the PK (84.2 PK%).
Neither team can afford taking any penalties in this game, as it’ll likely lead to goals.
These two teams played back in January and the Oilers won 4-1 in Boston with McDavid.
NHL Highlights | Oilers vs. Bruins – Jan. 4, 2020
Draisaitl has been on fire since McDavid got injured, but the Bruins defense and goaltending have been playing at another level lately and my money is on the under.
The under is 4-0 in the last four head-to-head games as well as in Boston’s last four games.
Historically, the Bruins have struggled against the Oilers. Boston are 2-8 in the last ten H2H games and 1-4 in the last five meetings in Edmonton. The Oilers are a live underdog tonight at home and you may want to sprinkle some on the Oilers moneyline, but it won’t be easy without McDavid.
Today’s NHL Free Total Pick: Bruins vs. Oilers Under 6 Goals (-125)
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