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The Boston Bruins and Seattle Kraken meet Thursday in NHL action at the Climate Pledge Arena. The Boston Bruins look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Seattle Kraken look to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 24.8 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 27 goals, Brad Marchand has 28 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 176 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up 70 goals on 768 shots faced, and Jeremy Swayman has allowed 45 goals on 602 shots.
The Seattle Kraken are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jared McCann leads Seattle with 21 goals, Alex Wennberg has 19 assists and Ryan Donato has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Seattle Kraken are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 75.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Philipp Grubauer has given up 114 goals on 1,005 shots faced, and Chris Driedger has allowed 42 goals on 392 shots.
The Bruins are 9-2 in their last 11 games as a road favorite and 42-20 in their last 62 games as a favorite. The Kraken are 3-13 in their last 16 home games and 15-36 in their last 51 overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Bruins last 5 overall. The over is 6-1 in Kraken last 7 overall.
The Boston Bruins have been hit or miss lately, but they usually win the games they’re supposed to win, and this is a more than favorable matchup. The Seattle Kraken can’t get out of their own way, mainly defensively, and playing at home hasn’t helped much. It’s hard to back the Kraken in these spots. I have to side with the Bruins and lay the PL to shave down the price.