The Boston Bruins will look to extend their season-high winning streak to 11 games when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Boston picked up its 10th consecutive victory on Saturday against the New York Rangers and the squad has had plenty of time to game plan for its second clash with Edmonton in roughly two weeks.
The Oilers are coming off a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, their third win in the last four games.
Boston is a -170 favourite on the moneyline in this one with the total set at 6.5 goals at bet365.
|Oilers Moneyline Odds||+150|
|Bruins Moneyline Odds||-170|
|Over/Under||6.5 goals (over -120, under +100)|
|Time/Date||Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. ET|
The Bruins skated to a 3-2 victory over the Oilers in the only previous matchup between the teams back on Feb. 27 in Edmonton. Connor McDavid potted his 49th and 50th goals in the losing cause and Pavel Zacha scored with 30 seconds remaining in the third period to ice the game for Boston. Boston was -120 on the moneyline and the teams played under the posted 6.5-goal total.
About the Oilers (35-22-4-4, 35-30 ATS, 39-20 o/u)
The Oilers will be well-rested coming into this matchup. They’re averaging 4.6 goals per game over their last 10 games (5-3-2 record) while allowing 3.6 goals per game over that span.
Edmonton will enter play with a firm grasp on the first Wild Card position in the Western Conference with 78 points. The team boasts an impressive 19-10-3 road record has been one of the best over plays (39-20 o/u) in the NHL this season.
This team boasts a lethal power play, which is ranked first in the league with a 31.7% conversion rate. Boston only took a pair of minor penalties the last time these teams clashed, and Edmonton failed to convert on its only power play opportunity of the game.
Player to watch: Connor McDavid
McDavid is just on another level. The Oilers captain has 12 goals and 15 assists over his last 11 games to bring his total to a staggering 124 points through 65 contests this season.
About the Bruins (49-8-2-3, 39-23 ATS, 26-30 o/u)
The Bruins are in the midst of a potentially historic season after recording 103 points in just 62 games. In fact, this team has a real shot at breaking the NHL records for most points (132 by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens) and wins (62 by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings and the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning) in a regular season.
Boston is averaging 4.4 goals per game while allowing just 1.9 goals per game during its 10-game winning streak, as the team continues to get exceptional goaltending from Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman and get contributions from up and down the lineup
The Bruins are holding opponents to a league-best 2.08 goals per game and also boast the NHL’s best penalty kill at 86.6%. They’re second in scoring at 3.79 goals per game and also second in faceoff percentage (54.6%) and shooting percentage (11.5%).
Player to watch: Dmitry Orlov
Orlov is thriving since being acquired by the Bruins just prior to the trade deadline and has three goals and six assists over his last four games. The veteran defenceman had three goals and 16 assists in 43 games for Washington prior to getting dealt to Boston. He already has nine points in just five games for the Bruins.
Oilers: Stuart Skinner (17-13-4, 2.86 GAA, .913 SV%) – confirmed.
Bruins: Linus Ullmark (32-4-1, 1.89 GAA, .938 SV%) – unconfirmed.
Oilers forward Evander Kane is still out with an upper-body injury, but he’s back skating with the team and is nearing a return to action. Bruins forwards Nick Foligno and Taylor Hall (both lower-body injuries) will not be available on Thursday night.
- The under is 7-1 in the past eight meetings.
- The Oilers are 5-1 in the past six meetings in Boston.
- The road team is 5-0 in the past five meetings.
Wagers to consider
- Dmitry Orlov over 0.5 assists: +130. Orlov has at least one helper in each of his last four games and this game does have the potential for a lot of goals.
- Bet Boost Same Game Parlay – Connor McDavid over 4.5 shots, Connor McDavid over 1.5 points, Zach Hyman to score: +850. McDavid had two points and five shots last time out against the Bruins, and he’ll be firing relentlessly at the Boston goal again in this revenge game. Hyman, McDavid’s linemate, has 29 goals this season and is usually one of the benefactors of McDavid’s offensive brilliance.
Other NHL games tonight
|Home Team||Away Team||Time (ET)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||-145||+125||New York Islanders||7:00 PM|
|Montreal Canadiens||+225||-275||New York Rangers||7:00 PM|
|Washington Capitals||+130||-150||New Jersey Devils||7:00 PM|
|Carolina Hurricanes||-380||+300||Philadelphia Flyers||7:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||-170||+150||Vegas Golden Knights||7:00 PM|
|Buffalo Sabres||+145||-165||Dallas Stars||7:00 PM|
|St. Louis Blues||-145||+125||San Jose Sharks||8:00 PM|
|Colorado Avalanche||-160||+140||Los Angeles Kings||9:00 PM|
|Arizona Coyotes||+140||-160||Nashville Predators||9:00 PM|
|Seattle Kraken||-135||+115||Ottawa Senators||10:00 PM|