Minnesota Wild at Boston Bruins Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/16/2014
Monday, March 17th, 2014 4:30 PM on NBCS, TSN2
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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Sitting on top of the Atlantic Division with 91 points, it seems that the Bruins have it all worked out and are ready for a ferocious playoff run. Minnesota sits in fourth place just three points away from being bumped down to fifth by Dallas. Both Boston and Minnesota will meet with each other for the first time this seasons, Monday March 17th at 7:30.
As of this writing, Minnesota is in the middle of a home losing streak. They have shootout losses to St. Louis and Edmonton right after a disappointing road loss to Dallas that broke a five game win streak. Minnesota's goalie, Darcy Kuemper sat for most of the first-half of the season, but has seen a lot of action on this back-half, included adding a five game win streak to his resume. On the other hand, goalie Tuukka Rask has played almost all of the season with stellar performances and is more than likely who the Wild will see in the net. Going into their game against Phoenix on Thursday, the Bruins had a six game win streak and with one other game against Carolina before they meet up with the Wild, the Bruins are likely to still be hot.
The Wild will have their hands full, because not only have the Bruins been hard to beat this season, but beating them on home ice will prove to be an even bigger challenge. But a win for the Wild could give them the confidence they need to finish the regular season out strong and go into the playoffs on a positive note.
Minnesota is 12-20 straight up on the road this season
Minnesota is 9-15-8 against the over/under on the road this season
Boston is 27-9 straight up at home this season
Boston is 8-13-15 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/12/14 LW Jason Zucker Leg out indefinitely
03/05/14 GO Niklas Backstrom Abdominal out for season
01/06/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
12/28/13 D Dennis Seidenberg Knee out for season
12/07/13 LW Jay Pandolfo None has retired
02/28/14 D Adam McQuaid Quad out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Boston
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