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Bruins One of the Best Puckline Plays in the League

The Boston Bruins have shown uncharacteristic cracks in their back end in recent games – but a game against the Red Wings could be just the get-right situation they need as they travel to Detroit for a Friday night showdown. The Red Wings have dropped four in a row and come into this one as the lowest-scoring team in the Eastern Conference.

Matchup Information
  • Boston Bruins vs Detroit Red Wings (Matchup Report)
  • Date/Time: November 8, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: NHLN, FS-D, NESN
  • Opening Odds: Boston -239 / Detroit +213 | O/U 6 (Line History)

Opening Odds Analysis

Boston opened as an overwhelming -239 favorite, though that line quickly dipped to -233. The O/U for this one kicked off at 6.

Boston News & Notes

A 12-2-2 record doesn’t leave much room for criticism – but while the Bruins got off to a sizzling start at both ends of the ice, their defensive play has been hit-or-miss of late. Boston enters Friday’s game having allowed four goals in four of its previous eight games, raising the team’s goals-against average for the season to 2.33 – still among the best in the league.

Of course, you can overcome most defensive shortcomings when you’re filling the net with pucks. And the Bruins have done so with little difficulty, averaging 3.73 goals per game for the season and having potted an incredible 27 goals over their past five contests. Boston hasn’t scored fewer than three goals in a game since a 4-2 loss to Colorado back on October 10.

Detroit News & Notes

While the Bruins and their fans have Stanley Cup aspirations in 2019-20, the Red Wings would be happy to see their team not finish dead last in the conference – an outcome that looks more likely with each passing game. Detroit’s -33 goal differential is far and away the worst in the league, and the Red Wings have been outscored 22-5 during their current four-game skid.

And while one trade won’t fix all that ails Detroit, the Red Wings hope Wednesday’s acquisition of forward Robby Fabbri from the St. Louis Blues will at least inject some life into their moribund offense. Fabbri, who had one goal in nine games with the Blues this season, will likely slot in on the second line behind Detroit’s top trio of Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha.

Betting Pick: Boston -1.5

The Bruins are already one of the top puckline plays in the league at 10-5, and should have little trouble extending their success in that regard against a struggling Red Wings team.

Shark Bites
  • Boston is 24-6 SU in its last 30 games vs Eastern Conference foes.
  • Detroit is 1-6 SU in its last 7 home games.
  • The OVER is 4-1 in Boston’s last 5 road games.