It is not uncommon in sports to see a team go all the way to the championship game or series one season and then fail to make the playoffs the next. This is especially true for the teams who lose in the big game, especially in the NFL, where losing in the Super Bowl is very often followed by a missed playoffs year. There is so much player movement now that staying consistent from year to year, especially in smaller markets where salary demands cannot always be met. There are times, though, when teams come back strong and take another run at the postseason and a shot at glory.
That is what we are looking at this year with the Boston Bruins, who lost to St. Louis in the Stanley Cup Final last season. They are among the best in the NHL right now and will be going against the Stanley Cup runner-up from two years ago, the Vegas Golden Knights, in what should be a fun game on Tuesday night. The Bruins are in as a 1 ½ goal favorite, with the goal total for this one set at 6.
Golden Knights vs Bruins 2020 NHL Odds, Game Info & Prediction
- When: Tuesday, January 21 at 7 PM EST
- Where: TD Garden, Boston
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Boston Bruins -1.5 (Total 6)
Why bet on the Vegas Golden Knights?The Vegas Golden Knights created a very hard act to follow after making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in their very first season. They did make the playoffs again last season and are in the hunt again this year, although things are very tight in their division. The Pacific Division is proving to be one of the toughest to predict, with no less than 5 teams all separated by a single point.
The Vegas Golden Knights are in the thick of that pack, and while they are coming off a loss, they do have a winning record of late, going 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. They have been decent enough on the road, going 11-9-4 thus far, but they are just 10-14 ATS in those games. Vegas fell 4-3 to Boston when they met earlier this season.
- Goals: 3.12
- Shots: 34.20
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.58
- Goals: 3.06
- Shots: 30.61
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.12
Why bet on the Boston Bruins?For a while, it looked as though the Boston Bruins were going to run away with the Atlantic Division, but they now look like a team ready for the All-Star Break. The Bruins are 28-10-12 on the season, with gives them a total of 68 points. The Tampa Bay Lightning have been insanely hot over the past month or so and have now narrowed the Bruins lead at the top to just 6 points.
In fairness to the Bruins, they routinely manage to pick up that single point when they lose, which they have done over the last 10 games, going 4-3-3. Boston has been a very tough nut to crack at home, going 16-2-9 in their own building, although all those OT and SO games mean that they are just 11-16 ATS on home ice.
- Goals: 3.32
- Shots: 31.42
- PP/PK Percentage: 26.25
- Goals: 2.66
- Shots: 30.82
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.33
Golden Knights vs Bruins NHL Betting Trends
- Golden Knights are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Vegas’ last 10 games when playing as the underdog
- Bruins are 5-10 SU in their last 15 games played in January
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Golden Knights vs BruinsThe Bruins have had the upper hand in games against the Vegas, going 4-1-0 in the short history of the Golden Knights. The last meeting was a close one and I think this game will be, too, which is why I am on the Bruins to win and the Golden Knights to cover.
Score: Las Vegas Knights 2 – Boston Bruins 3