Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings odds, picks and best bets

The Detroit Red Wings (13-39-4) host the Boston Bruins (34-10-12) Sunday at Little Caesars Arena for a 12:30 p.m. ET puck drop. We analyze the Bruins-Red Wings odds and lines, while providing NHL betting picks and tips around this Original Six matchup.

Bruins at Red Wings: Projected starting goalies

Jaroslav Halak vs. Jonathan Bernier

Halak has strung together a personal three-game win streak to improve to 14-6-6 on the season. He has a 2.36 goals against average and .921 save percentage through 25 starts and one relief appearance.

Bernier has taken over control of the Red Wings’ crease since returning from injury. He has allowed just six goals on 93 shots since his Feb. 1 return, and he even earned a rare win for his team against the Buffalo Sabres Thursday.


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Bruins at Red Wings: Odds, picks and betting tips

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Prediction

Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

Moneyline (ML)

The Bruins (-303) won their sixth straight game Saturday, beating the Arizona Coyotes 4-2. The first-place team in the Atlantic Division is 15-8-3 on the road for the season and 7-2-1 across the last 10 games. The Red Wings (+240) took a 2-0 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday and are just 1-8-1 across their last 10 games. They’re just 8-18-2 at home.

While the Bruins are the easy choice, there’s no value in the moneyline odds with a $10 bet on Boston to win in regulation, overtime or a shootout returning a profit of just $3.30. PASS on the ML and turn to the spread.

Puck Line/Against the Spread (ATS)

BRUINS (-1.5, -115) are the play, even though they’re still getting juiced while needing to win by at least 2 goals. Boston is 26-30 against the spread overall but 13-13 on the road. Detroit is 22-34 ATS overall and 11-17 at home.

The Wings upset the Bruins 4-2 at home Nov. 8 in the only meeting of the season thus far between the Atlantic Division rivals. It shouldn’t be expected to happen again, as Detroit has gone 8-27-3 straight up since.

Over/Under (O/U)

Back the UNDER 5.5 (+100) as the more profitable side of the total bet. Boston is 4-6 against the Over/Under across its last 10 games, while Detroit is 3-6-1 against the number. The Red Wings were shut out in three of their last four games and the Bruins have scored more than four goals on their own just once since Jan. 13.

Esten’s NHL betting record: 209-202

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