Boston Bruins Vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds, Picks, and Predictions (3/3/22)

On Tuesday evening, the Boston Bruins had their five-game winning streak snapped in a 4-3 road loss to the Anaheim Ducks.  Brandon Carlo and Nick Foligno each scored a goal and had an assist while goalie Linus Ullmark made 24 saves in the loss.  Boston is 32-18-4 with 68 points, fourth in the Atlantic Division.  The Golden Knights beat the Sharks 3-1 at home as Reilly Smith scored two goals helping head coach Peter DeBoer earn his 500th career victory.  Robin Lehner made 16 saves in his return from injured reserve after missing the previous five games due to an upper body injury.  Vegas is 30-20-4 with 64 points, third in the Pacific Division.

Boston Bruins Vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Odds

In their last six games overall, the Bruins are 5-1.  Boston is 4-0 in their last four games playing on one days’ rest.  Over is 10-1-1 in the Bruins last 12 games vs. a team with a winning record.  Boston in 5-1 in the last six meeting with Vegas.  The Bruins are +2200 to win the Stanley Cup, they last won the NHL’s ultimate prize in 2010-11.  Under is 4-0 in Vegas’s last four games overall.  The Golden Knights are 6-1 in their last seven Thursday games.  Vegas is 2-7 in their last nine games after allowing two goals or less in their previous game.  The Golden Knights are +1000 to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Boston Bruins Odds

Brad Marchand, one of the most disliked players in the league, has a team leading 31 assists and is tied for the team lead in points with 54.  He has 23 points on the power play (six goals and 17 assists), two shorthanded goals and four game winning goals this year.  Marchand is a +4, averaging 19:16 of ice time per game and has delivered 53 hits in 2021-22.  David Pastrnak leads the Bruins in goals with 29 and is tied with Brad Marchand for the team lead in points with 54.  He leads the club in game winning goals with six and has scored 19 points on the power play (12 goals and seven assists).  Center Patrice Bergeron is second on the team in scoring with 41 points (15 goals and 26 assists).  The four-time Selke Trophy winner is the Bruins leader in plus/minus at +14, while averaging 18:22 of ice time per game.  Bergeron has scored 18 points on the power play (six goals and 12 assists) and has scored three game winning goals on the year.  He’s done well at the face-off dot winning 63% of his draws.  Taylor Hall in his first full season in Boston has 40 points in 54 games (12 goals and 28 assists).  The 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner has scored 10 points on the power play (four goals and six assists) this year.

Charlie McAvoy leads the Bruins defensemen is scoring with 34 points (seven goals and 27 assists).  He leads the club in blocked shots with 80 and is tied for second in hits with 102.  He’s also a +11 and is averaging 24:34 of ice time per game in 2021-22.  McAvoy is +3500 to win the 2021-22 Norris Trophy.  Matt Grzelcyk has 18 points on the season (two goals and 16 assists).  He is third on the team in blocked shots with 61.  6-4’ defender, Derek Forbort has played in 50 games this season, registering 79 hits with 59 blocked shots.  Brandon Carlo has given the team valuable minutes playing 19:41 per contest.  He’s a +3, second on the team with 73 blocked shots and 92 hits. 

Linus Ullmark has started 27 games this season between the pipes for the Bruins.  He’s 17-9-1 with a .908 save percentage with a 2.80 GAA.  Jeremy Swayman has started 23 games for Boston in 2021-22.  He’s 13-7-3 with a .929 save percentage, fourth in the NHL and tied for the league lead with a 1.95 GAA. 

Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Chandler Stephenson is leading the Golden Knights in points with 41 (14 goals and 27 assists), besting his career high of 35 set last season.  He’s a +4 with seven points on the power play (one goal and six assists) on the year.  Stephenson has two game winning goals this season.  Jonathan Marchessault leads the team in goals with 21 and is second on the team in scoring with 38 points in 48 games.  He has 12 points on the power play (five goals and seven assists) and is in a three-way tie for the team lead in game winning goals with three.  Reilly Smith has 36 points in 50 games this year (16 goals and 20 assists).  He’s also scored three game winning goals on the campaign while being a +6.  Mark Stone, the Golden Knights captain is out indefinitely due to a back injury.  On the season he has 28 points in 28 games (eight goals and 20 assists). He’s a +7 with two game winning goals on the year.  Max Pacioretty is going to be out for an undisclosed amount of time due to a lower body injury.  In 2021-22 he has 27 points in 25 games (15 goals and 12 assists).  He’s a +7 with eight points on the power play this season.  His offensive abilities will certainly be missed by Vegas.  Jack Eichel returned from injury a few weeks ago but has four points in six games.  The former Buffalo Sabres captain will be expected to pick up the slack offensively with Max Pacioretty now out of the lineup along with Mark Stone.

Shea Theodore leads the Vegas defensive group in points with 35 (eight goals and 27 assists).  He’s a +1 and blocked 54 shots while averaging 23:15 of ice time per game.  Alex Pietrangelo who is +4000 to win the Norris Trophy is averaging 25:16 of ice time per game.  Playing his second season with the Golden Knights, he has 28 points (seven goals and 21 assists), while being second on the team in blocked shots with 117.  Brayden McNabb has been a force in the defense end for Vegas this season.  He leads the club with 138 blocked shots and is second on the club in hits with 112 (Keegan Kolesar leads the team with 137 hits).   

Goalie Robin Lehner returned to the lineup for the first time on Tuesday against the Sharks since suffering an upper body injury against Calgary on February 9th.  In 2021-22, he’s started 35 games and is 20-13-1 with a .907 save percentage and 2.81 GAA.  Laurent Brossoit has started 17 games for Vegas this year.  On the campaign he has gone 9-6-3 with GAA of 2.69 and a .903 save percentage.

Boston Bruins Vs. Vegas Golden Knights Picks & Prediction

Boston is scoring three goals per game, 17th in the league and taking 35.2 shots per game, fourth overall.  In 2021-22, Boston has scored 160 goals as a team.  Defensively the Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game, ranked fifth overall and 29.2 shots per game, sixth in the league.  Vegas is scoring 3.2 goals per game, ranking them 12th in the NHL and attempting 33.6 shots per game, eighth overall.  As a team, Vegas has scored 171 goals this year.  On the defensive side, the Golden Knights are allowing 2.9 goals per game which is 16th in the NHL and yielding 29.6 shots a game, eighth overall.  I like the road team Bruins to go into T-Mobile Arena and beat the Golden Knights with over 5.5 combined goals scored in the contest.
Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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