Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston Bruins, Tuesday, Las Vegas Hockey Odds, NHL Online Betting, Picks and Prediction

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EDMONTON OILERS BOSTON BRUINS
19-13-7 January 5, 7:00 PM | TD Garden 20-16-4

When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 5, 2017
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TVAS, Sportsnet (Edmonton), NESN (Boston)

Team/  Live in game Betting at Spread Money Line Total
Edmonton Oilers +1.5 -245 +130 5 -125
Boston Bruins -1.5 +195 -150 5 +105
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The Edmonton Oilers and the Boston Bruins will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at TD Garden.

ABOUT THE OILERS (19-13-7): Milan Lucic, who spent his first eight seasons with the Bruins before he was traded to Los Angeles following the 2014-15 campaign, will make his first appearance in Boston as a member of Edmonton. “It’s one of those games that you circle on your calendar,” Lucic acknowledged. “It’s special to come back. … The connection with the fans and the city is always still there.” Lucic has 10 goals and 26 points in 39 games in his first season with the Oilers.

ABOUT THE BRUINS (20-16-4): Forward David Backes, signed away from St. Louis in the offseason, returned to practice Wednesday and has received medical clearance after missing the previous two games due to a concussion. Coach Claude Julien told the media that Backes feels good but will wait until Thursday morning to decide whether he returns to the lineup. “There’s a difference between your head and your heart,” Backes acknowledged. “You’ve got to be smart about these things.”

currently has the Bruins listed as 150-moneyline favorites versus the Oilers, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.

The Edmonton Oilers were unable to slow the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ march toward history, but they will hope for a better result when they continue their four-game road trip with a visit to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. The Oilers became victim No. 16 in a row for the Blue Jackets in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss at Columbus.

“It was a playoff-type environment and we had some go-to people out there who were invisible,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said after watching the Blue Jackets more than double his team’s shots on goal through the first two periods Tuesday. The Oilers are 5-2-3 over the past 10 games but have failed to score more than three goals in that span. Boston also is coming off a lackluster performance in a 3-0 setback at New Jersey on Monday, part of a stretch in which it is playing nine of 11 on the road. The Bruins won 13 consecutive games against Edmonton from 2001-2014 but have dropped the last three, including a 3-2 loss at home in December 2015.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 3-0 loser as they battled the Devils on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Devils at +132 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Edmonton was a 3-1 loser on the road against the Blue Jackets. Bettors on Columbus at -157 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

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Edmonton:
Team record: 19-13-7 SU
Edmonton is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Edmonton’s last 9 games
Edmonton is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games on the road

Boston:
Team record: 20-16-4 SU
Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Boston is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Edmonton at New Jersey Saturday, January 7
Boston at Florida Saturday, January 7

ICE NEWS
1. Oilers captain Connor McDavid, tied for the NHL scoring lead with 43 points, will face Boston for the first time.

2. Bruins G Tuukka Rask is 4-0-2 with a 1.95 goals-against average versus Edmonton.

3. Oilers RW Zack Kassian was moved to the top line alongside Lucic and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at Wednesday’s practice.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

PicksBoston Bruins will win outright at -150 and the game will go over 5 points according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Bruins 4, Oilers 2 at .

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