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Expert Handicapper Stephen Rodriguez gives us his picks for Sunday's NHL action

The Boston Bruins maintained their momentum by picking up a sixth consecutive victory with a 4-2 home win over the Arizona Coyotes.

On Sunday, the best and worst of the Atlantic Division go head-to-head when Boston travels to Detroit to take on the Red Wings.

Here’s a look at today’s NHL odds:

BET OF THE DAY: (2u) Winnipeg Jets Moneyline @ -125

Chicago Blackhawks @ Winnipeg Jets, 7:00 PM:

  • The Jets have won 14 of the last 15 home games.
  • These two teams have produced some of the best ATS results this season, with Chicago ranking first at 3420 and Winnipeg sixth at 32-23. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Jets (28-23-5) picked up a second straight win in commanding fashion, taking down the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Saturday..

Right wing Patrik Laine was the star of the show, scoring three power play goals and a hat-trick. Left wing Kyle Connor added a team-leading 26th goal and three assists, and defensemen Neal Pionk scored the game’s first goal and added two assists.

Chicago (25-21-8) dropped a second straight game on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to the Boston Bruins. The Blackhawks managed to bring the game to overtime despite trailing in almost every statistic, including 40 to 22 shots and 25 to 16 hits.

Right wing Alex DeBrincat was the lone Blackhawk scorer, putting away his 13th goal on a second period power play. Goalie Robin Lehner was the real silver lining, snagging 38 saves in a losing effort.

These teams match up almost identically in terms of numbers this season. Chicago averages 2.93 goals per game and 3.04 goals against per game. Winnipeg stands at 2.91 GF/G and 3.04 GA/G.

With these two teams having similar records, I'm staying away from the puck line and betting on the moneyline. My expectation is this game will potentially be decided in the final minutes or even overtime, and I’m giving the slight edge in favor of the home team. Take the Jets on the moneyline.

(1u)  Boston Bruins Moneyline @ -250

Boston Bruins @ Detroit Red Wings, 12:30 PM:

  • The underdog has won each of the last four meetings between these two teams. Stat courtesy of Statschecker.

The reason we’re backing Boston

The Boston Bruins (34-10-2) built on their Atlantic Division lead with a 4-2 home win over the Coyotes on Saturday.

Goalie Tukka Rask was sensational in net, holding off Arizona with 29 saves. Charlie Coyle contributed two goals, and fellow center Patrice Bergeron added a go-ahead power play score for his 23rd goal of the season.

Detroit (13-39-4) have lost 10 of the last 11 games, their latest defeat coming on Friday night when they were shut out by the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0.

It’s hard to highlight any positives for the Red Wings who were outshot 44 to 16 attempts.

The Red Wings won the first meeting 4-2 in November, but it’s been all change since then. Detroit is 8-18-2 at home and has the worst record in the NHL by 13 points.

Despite the underdog winning the last four meetings, I’m going against the grain and betting on the Bruins on the moneyline to win outright.


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