NHL Games - Bruins at Blackhawks and Stars at Penguins

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

By Kyle Markus
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The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will play a home-and-home series in consecutive days this weekend, with the second of them being shown nationally on NBC. Boston is performing like one of the best teams in the NHL and would love to pick up a key road victory in this one.

A game later that day will be showed on NBC Sports Network when the Dallas Stars travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Stars and Penguins are both on track to make the postseason but would love to climb the standings to secure as many rounds of home ice advantage as possible.

The NHL season is winding down, which is bringing more importance to each contest. Let’s take a look at these two nationally televised games in NHL odds.

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Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Date and Time: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:30 p.m. ET

Location: The United Center, Chicago, Illinois

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Bruins at Blackhawks TV Coverage: NBC

The Bruins have gone 41-15-8 on the season through 64 games, racking up 96 points. They are currently six points behind the East-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, but have played three fewer contests. Boston can keep the heat on Tampa Bay with a pair of wins over Chicago this weekend. The Bruins have gone 18-8-4 away from home so they know how to win in hostile environments.

The Blackhawks are 29-30-8 for 66 points and it doesn’t seem like they will be making it to the postseason in 2017-18. Chicago has gone only 16-14-3 in an arena that it used to dominate. The Blackhawks only have a negative-6 goal-differential on the season so they certainly won’t be a pushover in this matchup.

Key Stat

2.5. That’s the number of goals per game Boston has allowed this season, which is the best mark in the NHL. The team plays solid on defense and the last line of defense is star goal-tender Tuukka Rask, who is 26-11-4 on the season while only allowing 2.28 goals per contest.

The Bruins are fourth in the NHL in scoring, as they are one of the most well-rounded teams in the league and look to be a Stanley Cup contender.

Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks Free Picks

The Bruins are the better team, but this is a tough schedule, hitting the road one night after playing in Boston. Take the Blackhawks at home in a game that won’t see very many goals.

Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks ATS Pick: Take the “under” on the scoring total in NHL lines

Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks Score Prediction: Blackhawks 2, Bruins 1 (OT)

Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins

Date and Time: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Stars at Penguins TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network

The Stars are 37-24-6 overall and have accumulated 80 points on the season. There are six teams within six points of them in the standings so while Dallas is in good shape right now, it must keep on winning games down the stretch.

The Penguins are the defending Stanley Cup champions and enter this game with a 38-25-4 record. Pittsburgh has won seven of its past 10 games, and while the victories haven’t come as easily as hoped this season, the team is still right in the mix and is capable of making a deep playoff run.

Key Stat

25. That’s the number of wins Pittsburgh has at home this season, which is more than anyone else in the NHL. While the team needs to play better on the road moving forward, the home dominance has been very impressive. The Penguins get this one in their friendly confines, which will make them a solid favorite to take care of business against the Stars.

Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins Free Picks

Pittsburgh should be able to dominate in this one from start to finish. Look for the Penguins to cruise in the third period to an easy win.

Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins ATS Pick: Take the Penguins to cover the betting line

Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins Score Prediction: Penguins 5, Stars 2

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