Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins - 1/4/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Edmonton Oilers vs Boston Bruins
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Oilers (+169) Bruins (-186)
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (24-7-11, 1st in the Atlantic Division) play the Edmonton Oilers (21-17-5, 5th in the Pacific Division) at TD Garden on Saturday, January 4, 2020. The Oilers open this contest at +169 while the Bruins are priced at -186. The over/under has been set at 6. The Oilers cover 46.3% of the time, having gone 19-22 SU. The Bruins cover 57.1% of the time, going 24-18 straight up.
The Edmonton Oilers head into this game holding a record of 21 wins and 17 losses, ranking them 5th in the Pacific Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 125 goals which ranks them 8th in the West and 18th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -11, ranking them 23rd in the NHL. The Oilers currently have a total of 47 pts, which ranks them 18th in the NHL and 9th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,252 which ranks them 12th in the Western Conference and 23rd in the NHL. As a unit, Edmonton has obtained a total of 876 hits which means they are averaging 20.4 per contest. They currently have a total of 559 blocks for the season. The goaltender for Edmonton is Mikko Koskinen from Vantaa, Finland. He is 31 years old and has played 1,472 mins in goal for the season. Koskinen is conceding 2.85 goals against average which has him ranked 14th among West goaltenders and 28th in the NHL among goaltenders. For the season, he has allowed 70 goals. He has a save % of .912 which has him ranked 16th among West goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers had a rough game after their 3 - 2 loss against the Buffalo Sabres in their last game. The Oilers had a below average offensive performance in the defeat. In their game, they netted 2 out of the 27 shots they tried. In addition, they had 1 power play attempt but didn't net one. Edmonton racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Oilers was 36 and the Corsi against was 37 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 49.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 31 while the Fenwick against at even strength was 30, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 50.8%. They earned 28 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 15 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 50.0% and they had a PDO of 95.0 for this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Buffalo Sabres put up 26 shots. They ended the game with 2 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Bruins will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they sit with 24 victories and 7 losses. In terms of goal differential, they are currently sitting 1st in the conference and 1st in the league with +38. They have compiled a total of 139 goals for this year which is good for 4th in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a save percentage as a team of .923 which currently has them ranked 1st in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.7% which is good for 4th in the East. In net for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.30 goals per contest and that has him 5th among East goaltenders and 8th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,515 mins he's been on the ice, he has surrendered 58 goals. His save % is .923, which ranks him 4th among East goaltenders and 9th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Boston Bruins played the Columbus Blue Jackets in an outing where the Bruins went home in defeat by a final score of 2 - 1. In this outing, Boston had a 55.7% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 49 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 39. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 48.6% by notching a Fenwick of 35 and the Blue Jackets ending the game with a 37 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Boston played and you could say that they have had better days on the ice. Their PDO at even strength was 93.1 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 43.5%. The Bruins netted 1 goal out of the 26 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this game and were able to convert 1 out of those opportunities. Concerning the opposition, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play attempts but didn't put the puck in goal. Boston conceded 33 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets racked up 4 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-186)
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