Vegas Golden Knights at Boston Bruins Preview & Prediction

When you try to figure out how things will play out in the NHL at the start of the season, there are several things that you need to take into account. Draft picks and offseason moves can change the fortunes of a team quite dramatically, but it is still the recent pedigree of teams that becomes a huge factor. If a team has consistently missed the playoffs over a period of years, have the changes they made been enough to turn things around? Similarly, teams who have made the playoffs and made deep runs need to be paid attention to, especially if it seems as though they have strengthened their squad. On Tuesday night, we have a pair of recently successful teams going head to head, with the Vegas Golden Knights on the road to face the Boston Bruins. These are two teams that made the Stanley Cup Final in the last two seasons, although neither of them came up with the win. The Bruins are favored by 1 ½ on home ice, with the goal total for this game set at 6 in what should be a fun one to watch.

When: Tuesday, January 21 at 7 PM EST
Where: TD Garden, Boston
TV: ESPN+
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Why bet on the Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights stunned everyone by going to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season, but while they made the playoffs last year, they were unable to go as deep. This season, the Golden Knights are in the playoff hunt once again and just a single point off the lead in the Pacific Division. There is, though, just 1 point separating 5 teams in that division, so now is not the time to go on a losing run. Vegas are coming into this one off a loss that took them to 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. They have been decent on the road this season, sitting 2 games above .500 at 11-9-4, but they did lose 4-3 to the Bruins on home ice in their earlier meeting this season. The Golden Knights are 10-14 ATS away from home.

Why bet on the Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins had built up what looked to be a pretty unassailable lead in the Atlantic Division, but a bit of a slump, combined with a ridiculous run of form from the Tampa Bay Lightning, has tightened things up dramatically. The Bruins are now sitting at 28-10-12 on the season, good for 68 points and a 6 point division lead over the Lightning. The Bruins have not been at their best of late, going 4-3-3 in their last 10 games. They have, though, been very good in their own building, going 16-2-9, although just 11-16 ATS. Another positive note for Boston is that they have been great against the Golden Knights, posting a 4-1-0 record in their 5 lifetime meetings.

 

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

 

The last meeting between these two was decided by a single goal and I think we are in for another close one. I am taking the Bruins to win at home, but I think Vegas might just keep it close enough to cover the spread.

 

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