We break down the NHL betting odds for this matchup and bring you our favorite picks and predictions as two of division leaders square off.
It’s been over a month since the Bruins have lost back-to-back games and they are in no danger of doing so Tuesday when they travel north of the border to take on the Oilers. Boston has won three in a row and nine of 10. The Bruins have been stingy early games as the Under 1.5 has cashed in nine straight opening periods. On the opposing side, the Over 1.5 has cashed in 19-of-28 games played at Rogers Place this season.
The Bruins held a 1-0 lead after one period the last time these teams played on Jan. 4 in Boston and we expect a similar scoreline in this matchup.
Pick: 1st Period Under 1.5 (-110)
The Oilers scored four unanswered goals in the last matchup between these two squads, two in each of the final two periods. Edmonton netminder Mike Smith stopped 35-of-36 shots and was flawless over the final 40 minutes of the game. The Oilers did most of their scoring early in Sunday’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday with all three regulation goals coming in the first two periods. The Bruins are being outscored 27-18 this season in the second period on the road. The home team is a good bet to settle in during the middle period.
Pick: Oilers Second Period 3-Way Moneyline (+220)
Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk returns home to Edmonton for the third time in his professional career. DeBrusk grew up watching his father Louie DeBrusk skate six seasons for the Oilers. The younger DeBrusk has recorded two shots and a plus-2 rating in his two prior games on home ice and has been held scoreless in four straight games overall. Boston’s second line has been held in check of late as center David Krejci is without a point in four straight games. This is a good buy-low spot for one of the best second lines in the league. Expect DeBrusk to put forth an inspired effort again in front of his friends and family.
Pick: Jake DeBrusk Plus-Minus Over 0.5 (+146)
Boston features the best defense in the NHL allowing just 2.3 goals per game and that number has steadily dropped over the last three games as the Bruins have allowed just three total goals. The Under is 4-0 in the last four games for the Bruins and 8-2 in the last 10.
Edmonton has relied on offense during this recent winning stretch averaging 4.0 goals in their last four victories. Boston’s defense is aided by the stellar play of netminder Tuukka Rask who leads the NHL with a 2.08 GAA. The Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams.
Pick: Under 6 (-120)
The Bruins have struggled in this series on the road losing four of the last five meetings in Edmonton. The Oilers won outright as a +203 road underdog in the last matchup between these teams and the underdog is 7-3 overall in the last 10 meetings. Keep an eye on Leon Draisaitil who leads the NHL in points (95) and assists (61). Draisaitl and Bruins leading scorer David Pastrnak are very familiar with each other as the two work out together over the summer. We like the Oilers at this price to play a complete game at home against a dangerous Boston squad.
Pick: Oilers Moneyline +160
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