Boston Bruins at Phoenix Coyotes Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 3/21/2014
Saturday, March 22, 8:00 PM on NESN, FSAZ
Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, Arizona
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The last time the Boston Bruins met the Phoenix Coyotes, they were on a six game winning streak and on top of the Eastern Conference with 93 points. Tuukka Rask, who has being playing well for the Bruins, made 21 saves to help his team along to a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes and extend their winning streak to seven.
Goalie Mike Smith made 18 saves for the Coyotes, but could not get help on the offensive side. The Coyotes were handed five power-play opportunities and were unable to convert on any of them.
The first goal of the game was by Zdeno Chara. He took a wrist shot that made it past Smith due to a Chris Kelly screen in front of the net. It was captain Chara's 16th goal of the season, just three short of his career high. The next goal came off of a breakaway where the Bruins managed to get the puck up to Johnny Boychuk, who took a shot from the blue line. His shot was deflected by Jarome Iginla into the net, giving Iginla his 21st goal of the season. The Coyotes best chance to score in the first was when a puck snuck behind Rask, but Rask was able to reach back and pop it out before it crossed the line.
The second period saw no scoring, but in the third the Coyotes would cut the lead in half, disrupting Rask's chance for a shutout. The goal came with 12 minutes to go in the game, when Lauri Korpikoski was able to find the back of the net.
Boston is 19-13 straight up on the road this season
Boston is 19-10-3 against the over/under on the road this season
Phoenix is 20-14 straight up at home this season
Phoenix is 19-12-3 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
12/28/13 D Dennis Seidenberg Knee out for season
12/07/13 LW Jay Pandolfo None has retired
03/18/14 D Johnny Boychuk Foot questionable
02/28/14 D Adam McQuaid Quad out indefinitely
03/20/14 RW Martin Erat Concussion is upgraded to probable
03/17/14 D David Schlemko Lower Body questionable
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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