The Boston Bruins are still trying to get out of their wild card position and into the Atlantic Division playoff picture, while the Edmonton Oilers look to continue their California road trip with a win against San Jose.
Moneyline: Detroit Red Wings (+155) vs Boston Bruins (-190)
The Red Wings are coming off back-to-back 5-2 losses at the hands of the Ottawa Senators and are currently on a six-game losing streak. Forward Tyler Bertuzzi will return to the lineup in this game after missing the last game due to COVID-19 traveling restrictions, which should provide the Red Wings with a significant offensive boost.
The Bruins on the other hand are coming off a 3-2 overtime victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets and improved their away record to 22-9-3. Jeremy Swayman is the confirmed starter for the Bruins in this game, winning three of his last five starts. The Red Wings goaltenders have been poor all season long with their team save percentage of .885 sits 30th in the league.
Boston was able to handle the Red Wings earlier this season handing them a 5-1 loss at the beginning of January, and with the Red Wings team getting worse after the trade deadline, don’t expect a much different result.
Moneyline: San Jose Sharks (+145) vs Edmonton Oilers (-175)
The Oilers kicked off their California road trip with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on the back of Mike Smith’s 31 saves. Mikko Koskinen is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last game due to a non-COVID illness but it’s likely Smith will get his second straight start even if Koskinen is available. The Sharks sit seventh in the Pacific Division and own a 16-15-4 record on home ice.
The Oilers had three players in Connor McDavid, Tyson Barrie, and Brett Kulak each register a goal and two assists in the victory. McDavid is red-hot and riding a 13-game point streak with 26 points in that span. Leon Draisaitl is also on fire of late and on his own 12-game point streak and hit the 50-goal mark in his previous outing.
As long as the Oilers’ superstars are as hot as they are right now, it’s hard to bet against them emerging as the winners in this game. They are also riding a four-game winning streak, while the Sharks have lost their previous three games allowing four-plus goals in each game.
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