The Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings will both be looking to take care of business at home when they take to the ice in their respective matchups on Thursday Night.
With Boston looking to extend its modest winning streak and Los Angeles looking to halt Tampa Bay’s red-hot winning streak, let’s find out if both home teams can pick up wins on Thursday night.
Calgary has gone 5-3-1 over their last 10 games and the Flames put an emphatic 8-5 beatdown on San Jose on Monday night. Calgary is averaging a stupendous 3.5 goals per game to rank an impressive fourth in scoring while allowing 2.8 goals per game to rank an equally impressive sixth in goals allowed.
Boston has won six of its last 10 games, but the Bruins have won two straight and five of their last seven games overall, including their 4-2 win over Chicago on Tuesday night. Boston is averaging just 2.8 goals per game to rank a discouraging 20th in scoring, but the Bruins also limit the opposition to just 2.6 goals per game to rank third in goals allowed.
The Boston Bruins might be playing at home in this contest, but the Calgary Flames are the better team at both ends of the ice, not to mention the fact that they smacked Boston around 5-2 at home back on October 17. Calgary has gone 6-2 in their last eight games and a bankroll-boosting 18-6 in their last 24 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.
While Boston has gone 18-6 in their last 24 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation, 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 6-2 in their last eight meetings against Calgary, I’m going to advise you to back the Flames seeing as how they’ve scored a dozen combined goals in their last two victories.
Predicted Score: Calgary Flames 3 | Boston Bruins 2
Tampa Bay has been on fire since the start of the season and the Lightning have won nine of their last 10 games. Tampa Bay will enter this contest riding the wave of a six-game winning streak that includes a 2-1 overtime win over Anaheim on Monday night.
Los Angeles has gone 5-3-2 over their last 10 games, but the Kings have dropped two of their last three games including a 2-0 shutout loss against Vegas on Tuesday. Los Angeles is averaging a pitiful 2.2 goals per game to rank 31st in scoring while allowing 3.0 goals per game defensively to rank a modest 17th in goals allowed.
The pick for this contest is so simple, it’s not even funny. Los Angeles is awful offensively and not much better defensively. On the flip side of the coin, Tampa Bay is putting goals on the board like they’re going out of style and the Lightning are easily the better defensive team in this affair as well.
The Kings are 1-4 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation, 2-12 in their last 14 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation, 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Conversely, Tampa Bay has gone a perfect 4-0 in their last four games against teams from the Pacific division and an insane 50-10 in their last 60 games when their opponent has been limited to two goals or less in their previous game. With Tampa Bay going 4-0 in their last four games against Los Angeles, I say, don’t think twice about the Lightning winning and winning big.
Predicted Score: Tampa Bay Lightning 5 | Los Angeles Kings 2
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