NHL Odds, Preview, Prediction: Golden Knights vs. Bruins (December 5)
Getty Images. Pictured: David Pastrnak.
- The Bruins have been absolutely dominant at home this season and are looking to continue that trend Monday.
- Meanwhile, Vegas has been playing well but is struggling with injuries.
- Jonny Lazarus previews the game and shares his best bet below.
Golden Knights vs. Bruins Odds
|Las Vegas Golden Knights||+135|
|Time||7 p.m. ET|
The Boston Bruins continue to impress, especially on home ice. They extended their home winning streak to 14 games with their win against the Avalanche on Saturday night. This team doesn’t have many flaws and their consistency on both sides of the puck has been unlike anything I have seen in a long time.
This won’t be an easy home game for the Bruins. The Las Vegas Golden Knights come to town playing good hockey, but could be missing two of their most important players in Jack Eichel and Alex Pietrangelo.
I bet against the Bruins on home ice in their past game and have learned from my mistake. This team is unreal.
Las Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights are set to play their fourth and final game of this road trip. They’re 2-1-0 thus far and hoping to end the trip on a high note. Of course, this is far and away going to be their toughest test of both the road trip and the season. Vegas has had a lot of success on the road this season and is 11-2-1 away from home.
A large part of Vegas’ success this season is thanks to the play of rookie goaltender Logan Thompson, who is an early leader for the Calder trophy. Thompson is boasting a 12-5-0 record with a .920 save percentage and 2.54 goals against average. As a team, the Golden Knights have been very strong on their own end this season, but not in their previous five games. In that span, they have allowed 16 goals, which is uncharacteristic since they are only averaging 2.62 goals against per game.
The only area of concern in Vegas’ defensive game is the penalty kill, which ranks 24th in the league with a 74.2% success rate. Special teams will most likely be the biggest difference in this game, so the Golden Knights will have to be extra disciplined.
The Boston Bruins are simply incredible and it’s hard to find many flaws with this team.
This will be the Bruins fourth straight home game and they’ve outscored their opponents 11-4 in the first three of those games. One of the most impressive aspects of this Bruins team has been their consistency on the man advantage. They have the second-best power play in the league (29.6%) and have scored a goal on the man advantage in nine straight games.
David Pastrnak has been on fire lately, recording points in 10 of his past 11 games with 15 overall (8G, 7A) in that span. He is carrying the Bruins offense, which is the best in the NHL and scoring 4.00 goals on 34.5 shots on goal per game. The Bruins are a force offensively, but their defense and goaltending have also been superb. In my mind, that’s the reason they are having so much success.
The Bruins are the best team in the league at limiting their opponents chances and they also happen to have a great goaltending tandem in Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman. Boston hasn’t announced who is starting this game, but either choice is a good one.
This team is rolling right now and I don’t know who will take them down at TD Garden.
Golden Knights vs. Bruins Pick
The Golden Knights have been a fantastic hockey team this season, but I can’t keep doubting the Bruins on home ice. I keep thinking Boston is due for a loss and the Bruins continue to make me regret my thought process.
The stats speak for themself. The Bruins are scoring 4.00 goals at home and only allowing 1.57, they are absolutely dominant. On that note, the Golden Knights have also been traveling all week, so their legs might not be as fresh as they typically would be. Meanwhile, the Bruins have been at home for the past week.
Logan Thompson has been solid in goal for the Golden Knights, but I’d take Linus Ullmark over anyone at the moment.
The Bruins are legit and I think they will once again win at home, and do so in regulation.
Pick: Boston Bruins 3-way (-105)