Bruins Seek Continued Success Vs. Wings In Pivotal Divisional Matchup

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April 2, 2015

The Boston Bruins will look to extend their winning streak to four games and move into a tie with Detroit in the Atlantic Division standings when they take on the Red Wings as slim +112 moneyline underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com on Thursday night.

After eking out one-goal victories over the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers earlier this week, Boston sits at 91 points with just four games remaining on their regular-season schedule. The Bruins currently hold a three-point lead over the Ottawa Senators for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot, and they are just two points back of the Red Wings for third place in the division.

Boston also enters Thursday night’s Bruins vs. Wings betting matchup at Joe Louis Arena riding a three-game win streak against its Original Six rival, including a 3-2 victory in Detroit back in October in which the B’s covered as -110 moneyline favorites.

The Bruins had struggled against the Red Wings prior to meeting Detroit in last season’s playoffs, losing eight of nine, but now have claimed victory in seven of their last eight encounters, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, including four consecutive victories in last April’s first-round matchup.

The Red Wings hit the ice with just four wins in their past 10 games, are 1-3 in their last four at home and have surrendered 18 total goals over their last five contests. That’s welcomed news for a Bruins squad that has struggled to produce offense of late, scoring two or fewer goals in six of their last 10 games overall, and four of their last six on the road.

Following Thursday night’s game, the Bruins return to TD Garden to meet the Toronto Maple Leafs in their final regular-season home game Saturday.

In NBA action, the Boston Celtics will look to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when they play Milwaukee on Friday night in the first of their two games against the Bucks in the final two weeks of the NBA’s regular season.

The Celtics are 3-1 SU in their last four contests, 2-2 against the spread, and are just a 1/2 game back of the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat, who sit tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Boston dropped a 96-93 decision to Milwaukee earlier this season, covering as a 6.5-point road underdog on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks, but face a Bucks squad that’s 0-11 SU and 3-7-1 ATS in its last 11 road dates.

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