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Boston vs. Nashville NHL Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: December 4th 2017

Boston Bruins vs. Nashville Predators
NHL Betting Pick: NAS -129 odds (December 4th 2017)

The set-up: The Boston Bruins won 3-0 Saturday night at Philadelphia, extending the team’s current road winning streak to four. Boston is 12-8-4 overall as it visits Nashville on Monday. The Predators hopes to conclude their four-game homestand with a winning record after improving to 2-1-0 with Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim. The victory gives Nashville an 11-2-1 record over its last 14 games, improving to 16-7-3, after a 5-5-2 start to the season.

Boston: The Bruins are thrilled to have Brad Marchand back from undisclosed ailment, as he’s recording a pair of two-point performances after missing six contests. He is second on the team with 19 points and is seven shy of 400 for his career. David Pastrnak scored his team-leading 13th goal and added an assist in the shutout, giving him three tallies and as many assists during his five-game point streak. Boston continues to get healthier, as David Krejci (upper body) and Anders Bjork (undisclosed) followed Marchand and David Backes back into the lineup Saturday after missing one and seven games, respectively. This game is part of Boston’s annual fathers’ trip and No. 1 goalie Tukka Rask will get the night off (he’s been in the crease for three straight games) in favor of backup Anton Khudobin.

Nashville: Kevin Fiala opened the scoring against the Ducks in the second period with his first career power-play goal and netted the decisive tally in the bonus format as the Predators posted their 11th win in 14 games. Fiala has registered 12 assists in 25 games this season. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 27 points and has landed on the scoresheet in 10 of his last 11 contests. Nashville is hoping that Calle Jarnkrok is beginning to heat up, as the 26-year-old Swede has recorded a point in back-to-back contests after going seven games without one.

The pick: Pekka Rinne (15-4-2, 2.35 goals-against average, .926 save percentage) probably will make his 12th start in 13 games for Nashville. He is hoping for a different result than he got when the Predators saw Boston in each team’s season opener on Oct. 5, a 4-3 defeat. Up agisnst Boston’s backup goalie Anton Khudobin, I like his(and Nashville’s) chances!

Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Pick from Will Rogers: January 10th 2017

Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues
NHL Pick: Boston -105 odds (January 10th 2017)

The set-up: The 21-17-5 Boston Bruins continue their four-game road trip with a visit to the 21-14-5 St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Boston: David Backes spent the first 10 seasons of his career (he captained the Blues for his final five seasons) before signing a five-year, $30 year million contract with the Bruins. However, St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock expects a warm welcome from the fans. “I’m sure he’s going to get a big ovation. He deserves it,” Hitchcock said. “He was a good player for a long time here. Some people are good players, and then there’s good people. David’s good people.” Backes returned to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion and scored in each of the last two contests. The Bruins have played better on the road this season, going 12-7-5 away from Boston.

St. Louis: Blues are off a 4-3 home win over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night but have not won consecutive games for more than a month. However, the victory over the Stars left the Blues with a 12-5-2 record in games following a loss this season. Then again, that’s not the situation here. St. Louis has not won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1.

The pick: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is 3-2-3 with a 2.32 goals-against average versus St. Louis and considering the Blues’ recent inability to put together consecutive wins, I’ll take the price with Boston.