Stars vs Bruins 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds

Posted by Derrick Harper on February 27, 2020 in

Two of the best defensive teams in the NHL will face off tonight in Beantown, as the Boston Bruins host (39-13-2) welcome in the Dallas Stars (37-20-6). It’s their first time playing each other since the very first game of the season, when Boston escaped with a 2-1 victory on the road. Here is a preview for tonight’s game, along with odds and a free pick. Let’s see how the NHL odds will be for the Stars vs Bruins.

Stars vs Bruins 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds

Stars vs Bruins By the Numbers

The Stars elected to stand pat at the deadline, opting to stick with what’s been working for them. And it’s hard to criticize, since they have won seven of their last nine games and six of their last eight road games.

This season, Dallas ranks 24th in both goals per game with 2.68 as well as shots with 30.2. They also sit at 22nd with an 8.9 percentage. However, Dallas makes for that with a power play that cracks the top-10 at 21.4 percent.

As mentioned earlier, the Stars are a good defensive team. They give up 2.51 goals per game, second only to their opponents tonight, on 31.9 shots. They also carry an 81.4 penalty kill percentage, 13th in the NHL.

Unlike Dallas, the Bruins elected make some moves at the deadline, acquiring Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie in an effort to return to the Stanley Cup Final. They enter tonight as winners in seven of their last 10 overall, but also in their first regulation losing streak since mid-December.

Boston is very well-rounded, ranking eighth in goals per game with 3.28. They are also in the top-10 with 32.2 shots and just outside the top-10 with a 10.2 shooting percentage. If that wasn’t enough, Boston also has the second-best power play in the league at 25.1 percent.

No team has allowed fewer goals per game than the Bruins, who average 2.45. They are also ninth with 30.1 shots allowed, and boast the NHL’s third-strongest penalty kill at 83.8 percent.

Who to Watch

Behind the Stars offense is the play-making center Tyler Seguin. Facing the team that originally drafted him, Seguin enters tonight with goals in consecutive game, giving him five goals and three assists over his last eight games. In total, the All-Star center has 16 goals and 32 assists, as he aims to get the Stars to the Cup.

Joining Seguin as players to watch tonight is the captain Jamie Benn and the goal-scorer Roope Hintz. Benn had a very slow start to the season, but has seemingly found his rhythm with helpers in three straight games. The veteran left wing is now up to 17 assists as well as 18 goals. Meanwhile, Hintz is coming off of a one-goal, two-assist performance against the Hurricanes, giving him 18 goals and 14 assists on the year.

This season, there has perhaps been no bigger threat to score on a nightly basis than the Bruins’ David Pastrnak. After scoring twice last weekend against Vancouver, Pastrnak is now up to a league-leading 45 goals as well as 43 assists. Only Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl from Edmonton have more points this year than Pastrnak, making him the player to watch tonight.

Along with Pastrnak, Brad Marchand has been firing on all cylinders. His goal on Tuesday against Calgary extended his point streak to seven games. In those seven games, Marchand has two goals and eight assists, giving him 25 goals and 54 assists this season. Additionally, longtime center Patrice Bergeron recently had a five-game goal streak, and will aim tonight to get back on the scoresheet to add to his 29 goals total.

Goalies

Dallas is expected to go with their normal starter Ben Bishop. Bishop comes in at 21-13-4 with a 2.45 GAA and .922 save percentage.

Boston will likely counter with their go-to guy Tuukka Rask. Rask is a strong 23-7-6 with a 2.22 GAA and .926 save percentage.

Stars vs Bruins Odds and Pick

According to odds-makers, the Bruins enter tonight as significant -190 favorites at home. They have obviously played well at TD Garden this year, going 21-3-9, while the Stars are a very solid 18-10-4 as the road team.

Tonight, defense and goaltending are the storylines. With strong blue lines and elite goaltending, this has a chance to be very similar to the 2-1 slugfest we saw between these teams to open the season. All that being said, I give the slight edge to Boston because of their dominance at home and their high-end scoring options that Dallas will have trouble matching. Give me the Bruins -190.