Boston Bruins vs Minnesota Wild NHL Pick – March 16

The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey throughout March 16. Four games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Wild. These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.

Boston has earned a record of 37-18-5 so far this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Atlantic division. The Bruins are two points out of the third spot and three points behind second place. Boston has won three games in a row and five of their last six. The Bruins will look to remain hot with a big win on the road in this one.

The Wild have put up a record of 34-20-4 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the Central division. Minnesota is four points out of the second seed with one game in hand. The Wild have lost two games in a row and eight of their last eleven. Minnesota has struggled to get their offense going as of late and will look to earn a big win in this one.

These two teams are in the middle of the playoff race and will look for a big win in this one. The Bruins are coming off a game on Wednesday night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one. Minnesota will look to grab a big win as they try to end this losing streak. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Boston Bruins +1 ½ (-265) -108 Over 6 ½ (+109)
Minnesota Wild -1 ½ (+185) -102 Under 6 ½ (-120)

 

Team Data Boston Bruins Minnesota Wild
Overall Record 37-18-5 34-20-4
Away/ Home Record 19-8-3 17-7-1
Goals Per Game 3.00 3.67
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 3.10 4.16
Save Percentage .908 .898
Save Percentage Away/ Home .923 .891

Betting Trends

Boston Bruins

  • 4-2 in March
  • 4-3 when playing on back to back days
  • 14-12 after a non-Conference matchup
  • 18-10 in non-Conference games
  • 4-4 after three or more straight wins
  • 15-16 against team with a winning record

Minnesota Wild

  • 3-5 in March
  • 6-3 when playing on two days rest
  • 11-5 after a divisional game
  • 17-8 in non-Conference games
  • 12-11 after allowing four goals or more
  • 8-6 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 12-12 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up once this season on January 6 in Boston. Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand both scored a goal for the Bruins, but it was not enough. Jonas Brodin had two assists, while Matt Boldy, Kirill Kaprizov and Nico Sturm all scored a goal. Kaapo Kahkonen finished with 36 saves on 38 shots as the Wild earned a 3-2 win.

Special Teams

The Bruins have been strong on both sides of special teams throughout this season. Boston has capitalized on 41 of their 168 power play opportunities, which is a 24.4 percent success rate. The Bruins have given up 35 power play goals on 189 penalties against, which is an 81.5 percent penalty kill. Boston is 6th on the man advantage and 10th on the penalty kill.

Minnesota has struggled a bit on special teams this season. The Wild have scored on 35 of their 176 power play chances, which is a 19.9 percent power play. Minnesota has killed off 146 of their opponents 192 power play attempts, which is a 76 percent kill rate. The Wild are 18th on the power play and 24th on the kill this season.

Boston has the edge on special teams entering this matchup and will look to use it to their advantage.  The Bruins were shut down on all four power play chances on Tuesday night. Boston will look to bounce back in this one. Minnesota will look to step up early in this one on their own power play. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Jeremy Swayman will likely get the start in the crease for Boston in this one. Swayman has started in 27 games this season, going 17-7-3 in those matchups. He has posted a .926 save percentage and a GAA of 2.06 in those outings. Swayman finished with 27 saves on 29 shots in his last start against the Arizona Coyotes, which was enough for the win.

I expect Cam Talbot will get the nod between the pipes for the Wild on Wednesday night. Talbot has earned a record of 22-12-1 throughout his 35 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .906 and a 3.00 GAA in his games. Talbot’s last start was against the Detroit Red Wings. He stopped 29 of 34 shots in the shootout win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Swayman has put up the better stats on the season and has won eight starts in a row. Talbot has won his last two, but has been struggling a bit as of late. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

The Wild have struggled throughout their recent stretch of games, but I think they can bounce back against a tired Boston team. The Bruins are coming off a win in their last game, but I think they will have a tough test as they travel to Minnesota. The Wild have struggled as of late, but are a much better team than their recent play implies.

BetOnline has Boston listed as a -108 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Bruins will win this game around 51.9 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to Minnesota with the Wild at home and having extra rest. Minnesota has struggled as of late, but I think they can get going in this one. As home underdogs, I really like the value on the Wild.

The Bet
Minnesota Wild
-102
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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