Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Dec 21): Jets vs Bruins Prediction
The NHL is getting closer and closer to the Winter Break. December 21 offers ten games on the board. With plenty of action on, the night is going to be an exciting one. Here are my best bets for Thursday night. Odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight.
Winnipeg Jets vs Boston Bruins Prediction
The Jets and Bruins have both been off to solid starts this season. Both teams have earned themselves spots in the playoff picture up until this point of the season. Boston has gone 17-10-5 to earn the third-place spot in the Atlantic Division. Winnipeg is third place in the Central Division right now. The Jets have gone 20-10-5. Both teams will meet for the first time on Friday.
The Jets have put together one of the better power plays in the National Hockey League this season. Winnipeg has scored on about 25.20 percent of their power play opportunities. The league average is about 19.38 percent. The Bruins have had a solid penalty kill though. Boston has been able to kill off 83.17 percent of the power plays against them.
If Winnipeg’s power play has a big night, it will be a tough one for the Bruins. Boston’s power play has been right around average. The Bruins have scored on 20.56 percent of their man advantages. Winnipeg’s penalty kill has struggled as well. The Jets have only been able to stop about 79.53 percent of their opponent’s power plays. That percentage is just below the league average.
Both power plays have good matchups on Thursday, it will be interesting to see which team can break through.Tuukka Rask is expected to get the start in net for the Bruins on Thursday night. Rask has played solid for the Bruins. He has gone 9-8-3 in net for them. Rask has posted a .912 save percentage and a 2.42 GAA. Rask is not playing at his best, but he can still steal a game for the Bruins.
Winnipeg Jets (+120) at Boston Bruins (-133)
Winnipeg is likely going to go with Connor Hellebuyck in net on Thursday night. Hellebuyck has posted a .918 save percentage and a 2.50 GAA. Hellebuyck started out the season with much better numbers, but has seen his share of struggles as of late. Hellebuyck will need to step up if he wants to get the Jets a third straight win. Both teams enter the night on a two-game winning streak. While this does not sound super impressive, both wins came by a large margin for each team. The Bruins have won their last two games by a combined score of 10-2. Winnipeg has won their last two games by a combined score of 10-4.
Each team enters the night on a nice little streak. The Bruins have a -133 money line. This implies Boston is likely to win this game fifty-seven percent of the time. Both teams are close in a lot of categories and the Jets have a slightly better record. I like Winnipeg as a road underdog in this game.