We have a cross-country matchup on ESPN Thursday night when the Bruins travel to Sin City to take on the Golden Knights. This will be the teams’ second clash of the season, with Vegas winning 4-1 in Boston on December 14.
The Bruins are continuing their six-game road trip after Tuesday’s 4-3 loss in Anaheim. It was a rare high-scoring game for the Bruins, who have gone under 5.5 goals overall in seven of their last 10 away games.
The primary reason for these low-scoring contests was prospective starting goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman’s outstanding play. He has allowed two or fewer goals in six straight games while posting a flawless .971 save rate. He is now seventh among starting goalies in 5-on-5 goals held above expectations every 60 minutes.
This season, the Bruins rank first in the league in expected 5-on-5 goals per 60 minutes and first in average xG for their opponents’ 5-on-5 shot attempts. Teams have averaged just 29.2 shots on goal against the Bruins this season, the sixth-lowest tally in the league.
Since star winger Mark Stone’s injury, the Golden Knights’ offense has taken a massive dip, averaging just 1.86 goals per game in seven games without him.
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Robin Lehner is the expected starter for Thursday with the Golden Knights. Lehner looked sharp despite the light workload on his return from injury against San Jose on Tuesday, stopping 16 of 17 shots.
With two strong goalkeepers, I want that trend to continue in this clash.
The game: Bruins-Golden Knights, under 5.5 goals (+100), play to -115.
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