Bruins vs. Ducks Pick – NHL December 1st

The Canucks and Red Wings left little doubt about our wager yesterday. The Wings won the contest 5-3, which easily eclipsed the posted total of 5. I thought the total should have been at 5.5 and I was certainly right on that account. The Wings exited the 1st period with a 2-0 lead and thoroughly controlled the game from start to finish. The Canucks made it a 4-3 game in the 3rd, but the Wings came back about a minute later and put the game out of reach. It is an impressive win for the Wings who have looked great since getting Pavel Datsyuk back. The Wings definitely aren’t a team I would like to face in the playoffs if I was another team. They aren’t getting much attention, but played well enough to look good without their best player. Now that Datsyuk is back, keeping him healthy will be priority number 1. For the Canucks it was a setback, as I am not sure many people are sold on them, including myself. However, ask me what I think of the Canucks in January where we’ll have a clearer picture. I can say one thing is for certain, Alex Burrows is a lucky man tonight. Burrows took a skate to his face and luckily he avoided a serious injury. It appears that he will be fine. Hopefully we’ll continue to be fine, as we hit another winner for our fifth NHL pick in a row. Let’s see what is in store for us today.

A big game in Anaheim tonight on the west coast, as the Boston Bruins will be in town for a clash of NHL elites. The Ducks are always there come the playoffs, but can never get over that hump. Anything less than a Stanley Cup appearance would be another disappointment for the Ducks. The talent is there, and they have enough of it to beat any team in the NHL on any given night. For the lack of a better word I’ll have to call them chokers. The wins are always there during the regular season, but they always seem to stumble in the playoffs. The Bruins recently won a Stanley Cup, but there isn’t any excuse for them either to do some damage this season. We’ll revisit this in the spring when all of our questions will be answered.

Boston Bruins @ Anaheim Ducks

For the Bruins standards, I would have to say they got off to a rocky start to the season. Nothing to get concerned over, but we’ve seen better hockey out of the Bruins before. The last week or so they have shown signs of improving. They are starting to play the defensive side of the puck much better. Winning gritty games is what they’ve been all about. Solid goaltending behind Rask, an excellent defense, and an offense that scratch out enough goals to back that up is how the Bruins want to play. Boston finished 2nd in goals allowed last season, giving up only 2.08 per game. This season they are 10th, giving up 2.42 goals a game. Most of the goals they have let in occurred earlier in the season and have been much better of late. In their last three games they’ve allowed only 1.6 goals on average. The offense is scoring an average of 2.46 goals a game.

Thus far this season, the Ducks and Bruins have been clones of one another. They both have similar records of 14-9-0-1, Bruins, and 14-6-2-3, the Ducks. Not only are their records close, but the way they’ve been winning and losing has been identical as well. Note that the Ducks are 2.6 goals a game compared to the Bruins 2.46. Defensively the Bruins are allowing 2.46 while the Ducks are at 2.52. I expect a much better effort from the Ducks on the defensive end after getting torched for 6 goals against the San Jose Sharks. The Bruins should continue to play good defense, too. Not a huge play for me, but I like the UNDER 5.

Pick – UNDER 5 GOALS @ (Best Odds)

Kyle E / Author

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