NHL Preview and Free Pick: Boston Bruins vs. Vegas Golden Knights
The top NHL matchup of the evening takes place in Sin City when the Boston Bruins come to town to
face off with the Vegas Golden Knights. The red-hot Bruins are riding a six-game winning streak, while
Vegas has fallen on hard times while picking up just one victory over its last five games.
Date/Time/TV: Weds. Feb.20, 10:00 PM EST, NBCSN
Money Line: Boston Bruins +110, Vegas Golden Knights -130
The Bruins have been on the road for their last three, winning all of them while outscoring opponents
by a combined score of 13-7. The team is 35-17-8 on the year, which translates into 78 points.
Boston is in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, 18 points behind the 1st place Tampa Bay
The Golden Knights are currently in 6th place in the Western Conference with 68 points and a record
of 32-25-4. They’re 11 points back of the conference leading Calgary Flames. The team has been
struggling of late, and that has carried over to the home ice where they have just one victory in their
last six attempts.
Boston’s string of six consecutive wins includes three OT victories. They were last in action on
Monday, picking up a 6-5 road OT victory over the San Jose Sharks. The Bruins are a sizzling 8-0-2
(5-5 O/U) over their last 10 and have a record of 14-10-5 on the road this season.
Jaroslav Halak is expected in goal this evening. He’s 15-9-4 on the year with a 2.35 GAA and .923
save percentage. Halak has wins in two of his last five with just nine goals allowed. Brad Marchand
leads the way in points with 70 and in assists with 47. Leading goal scorer David Pastrnak remains
out with a thumb injury.
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas is just 3-7 (6-4 ATS) over the last 10 games. The team’s overall home record is strong at 17-9-
3, but they lost five in a row on the home ice before snapping that streak on Saturday with a 5-1
victory over the Nashville Predators. They followed that up with a 3-0 road loss to the Colorado
Avalanche on Monday.
Marc-Andre Fleury has the probable tag for tonight’s contest. He’s 29-18-4 thus far with a 2.61 GAA
and .908 save percentage. Fleury is 2-3 over his last five with 19 goals allowed. Alex Tuch is tops in
points and assists with 42 and 26 respectively, while Jonathan Marchessault leads the way with 19
Bruins vs. Golden Knights Prediction
These clubs have met three times since Vegas entered the league with Boston holding a 2-1 edge.
They last hooked up in Boston back in November, with the Bruins skating away with a 4-1 home
The Bruins have been red-hot, but this will be their fourth game in six days with all coming on the
road. Recent rough patch aside, Vegas has had a big home edge since its inception. We’ll look for
them to start re-establishing that tonight.
Boston Bruins vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick: Vegas Golden Knights -130