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Bruins Getting Killed at Home by Western Conference Teams

Things aren’t all that peachy in Boston right now and it looks like the Claude Julien on the hot seat rumors may have some serious life. A loss to the Blackhawks at the Garden tonight could be the final nail in the coffin for the man who’s been behind the Bruins bench for nine and a half seasons. These Original Six teams haven’t met since April of last year when the ’Hawks took a 6-4 victory in Chicago.

  • The Blackhawks are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games against the Atlantic Division.
  • The Bruins are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Blackhawks' last 5 games.

Chicago opened as the underdog and this might be a good opportunity to get some decent moneyline value. Scott Darling (11-4-2, .924 SV%) will start in net for the Blackhawks trying to rebound from a tough outing against the red-hot Washington Capitals. The 6’6” Illinois native has been one of the best relief goalies in the league and performs much better when he faces a high volume of shots. Coincidentally enough, the Bruins are ranked second in shots per game so Darling can probably expect to be assaulted by rubber tonight.

The Bruins have struggled against pretty much everyone this year but with a 2-6 record at the Garden against teams from the other conference, they’ve had an especially tough time hosting teams from the West.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Boston sat as -126 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3-2.4 win for the Blackhawks on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Boston Bruins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Bruins currently sport a record of 23-19-6. The Chicago Blackhawks are 28-14-5. Betting totals have seen the Bruins post a 20-23-5 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Blackhawks have gone 16-20-11 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Chicago injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Boston Bruins rated this week at No. 9 and the Chicago Blackhawks sitting at No. 17.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Boston Bruins No. 23-ranked offense (2.54 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.55 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 17.45% rate while the Blackhawks have a 75.21% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 6-4 winner as they battled the Avalanche on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -170 were rewarded, while the 10 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Bruins were a 6-5 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at +129 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 5 games
  • Chicago is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
  • Boston is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games at home
  • Boston is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Vancouver, Sunday, January 22nd
Boston at Pittsburgh, Sunday, January 22nd