Nashville Predators at Boston Bruins 12/23/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 12/22/2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
TD Garden in Boston
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The Nashville Predators will be visiting the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night in a game between two of the better defensive teams in the league.
The Predators and the Bruins played each other for the first time just last week, when the Preds pulled off a 3-2 home win in the shootout. Nashville scored on one of their four power play chances in that win and outshot the Bruins 40-35.
Predators’ veteran center Mike Ribeiro has just 12 points in 29 games against the Bruins in his career, while defenseman Shea Weber has four goals and three assists in his nine career games against them. Goalie Pekka Rinne has done well in his four starts against Boston, going 3-0-1 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.32 GAA.
On Sunday night, the Bruins scored a game-tying goal late in the third period and then went on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in the shootout at home. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton was solid in that win, scoring two of the goals and assisting on another.
The Bruins have barely given up over 2.5 goals per game this season, but they are also scoring less than 2.5 goals per game. Goalie Tuukka Rask is now 13-10-3 on the year with one shutout, a 2.52 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Left wing Brad Marchand and right wing Reilly Smith are tied for the team lead in goals with eight.
Nashville Predators Betting Trends
Nashville Predators are 21-10-0 Against the Spread
Nashville Predators are 8-18-0 against the Over/Under
Boston Bruins Betting Trends
Boston Bruins are 17-17-0 Against the Spread
Boston Bruins are 12-16-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/20/14 D Anton Volchenkov Suspension expected to miss 4 games
12/20/14 LW James Neal Illness "?" Monday vs Columbus
12/19/14 C Paul Gaustad Upper Body out indefinitely
12/12/14 LW Taylor Beck Concussion out indefinitely
12/10/14 LW Simon Gagne Personal out indefinitely
11/19/14 D Adam McQuaid Thumb expected to miss 6-8 weeks
10/05/14 C Marc Savard Concussion out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Nashville
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