Tampa Bay is hoping to secure a rare victory over Boston, after losing three games in a row and the last five matches with the Bruins. The hosts are at the opposite end of the spectrum, as they ride a five games winning streak and are inching closer to their goal of overtaking Montreal for the division lead.
Match: Boston Bruins vs Tampa Bay
Bet: Boston Bruins
Odds: Unibet 1.80
Boston’s offense is clicking and when it does, the Bruins are steamrolling over opponents regardless of how effective they are in power play. Coach Claude Julien is not thrilled with how his players perform when they have a man down and he has little reasons to rejoice about the recent results when having a man up. From a strictly technical perspective, the Bruins are not playing their best hockey right now, but this makes the string of victories even more impressive.
While the hosts can afford to be picky and aim higher all the time, the visitors would be happy enough just to put an end to their lengthy losing streak. In order to do so, they will need a better performance upfront and all the players must recapture their lost motivation. The fans, management and even some of the players are blaming their teammates for not having any work ethic and playing below their potential for no obvious reason.
Boston will give backup goalie Anton Khodobin a chance to shine at home, but the young goal keeper is entitled to spend less time on the bench after a string of convincing outings. Bookmakers are not very confident in Tampa’s chances to cause an upset and even Unibet who has the highest odds, sees the Bruins are overwhelming favorites.