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Bruins vs Red Wings Odds, Predictions and Best NHL Pick for Sunday, January 2nd

George Nassios

by George Nassios in NHL Hockey

Jan 1, 2022 · 3:17 PM PST

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Thomas Greiss (29) drops to the ice on a goal by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • The Boston Bruins visit the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday, January 2nd
  • This Bruins are playing on back-to-back nights after not playing a single game in over two weeks
  • Read below for Bruins vs Red Wings odds, predictions and best NHL pick

The Detroit Red Wings host the Boston Bruins in a matinee affair on Sunday, January 2nd. Faceoff is scheduled for 1:00 pm EST at Little Caesars Arena in Motown. This will be the 2nd game back for both teams after missing more than two weeks of action due to Covid-19 and the Christmas break.

Boston sits right below Detroit in the Atlantic Division standings, but have five games in hand on the Red Wings. The much more experienced Bruins are listed as -143 road favorites in Detroit as they aim to close the gap in the standings.

Let’s take a look at the Bruins vs Red Wings odds as we break down SBD’s NHL best pick for this game.

Bruins vs Red Wings Odds

Game Time Team Puck Line Moneyline Total
1:00 pm ET Boston Bruins -1.5 (+175) -143 O 5.5 (-103)
January 2nd, 2022 Detroit Red Wings +1.5 (-220) +118 U 5.5 (-120)

Odds as of January 1st at Barstool Sportsbook.

Bruins Come From Behind to Win First Game Back From Break

The Bruins looked like they were on their way to a disappointing defeat on New Year’s Day to the Sabres. They were down two goals heading into the 3rd period, but they fought back to tie it in regulation before Charlie Coyle won it in overtime.

It was a good way for Boston to ring in the new year as they went a disappointing 3-2-2 in December and are going to have to crank it up now to get back into a playoff position.

The Bruins are still one of the eight teams poised to make the postseason in the NHL Playoff odds while the Red Wings still aren’t getting any love from the oddsmakers although their odds haves shortened to +650 to make the playoffs now instead of +785 at the start of the season.

Red Wings Better Bet After Getting Healthy From Covid-19

Detroit’s lineup looked severely depleted from Covid-19 as they were getting set to play after the Christmas break, but luckily for them, the NHL postponed a couple of their games and they’re almost back to full health now.

Lucas Raymond was one of many Red Wings who were in Covid protocol and are back now. The rookie sensation is the betting favorite in the Calder Trophy odds and leads all freshmen with 28 points this season. He better watch out for his fellow freshman and teammate Moritz Seider in the Calder race though.

The German defenseman’s odds to win the Calder have shortened from +1150 at the start of the season to just +500 now. Only Raymond and Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras are more favored by the oddsmakers at this point.

These teams have already played each other twice so far this year, splitting the two contests.

Bruins vs Red Wings Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
11/30/2021 BOS 1 – DET 2 DET DET Under
11/04/2021 BOS 5 – DET 1 BOS BOS Over
02/15/2020 BOS 4 – DET 1 BOS BOS Under
02/09/2020 DET 3 – BOS 1 DET DET Under
11/08/2019 DET 4 – BOS 2 DET DET Under

Bruins vs Red Wings Betting Trends

The Bruins have had very little success when visiting Detroit the last few seasons. It’s kind of surprising considering the Red Wings have been one of the league’s worst teams the last few years, while the Bruins are perennial contenders.

Boston is 0-4 in their last four trips to Detroit. The Red Wings also seem to like the Sunday affairs as they are 4-1 when playing on Sunday and they’re also 7-2 in their last nine games at home.

Patrice Bergeron lit up the Wings scoring four goals in their first meeting this year, a 5-1 Bruins victory. Brad Marchand assisted on every one of his markers.

Bruins vs Red Wings Pick

The Bruins are on a back-to-back and haven’t had any success in Detroit recently. Some trends do point to picking the underdog Red Wings to win this one, but I think this is the time of year where Boston starts to turn it up a notch as seen in their big comeback win against Buffalo.

They got goals from four different players in that win and none were from David Pastrnak, Bergeron or Marchand so the balanced scoring and contributions from down the lineup bode well for them and that’s another reason I like the favorites in the NHL odds on Sunday afternoon.

They’re also behind the Red Wings in the Atlantic Division and will move ahead of them with a win in regulation so
bet the favorites on the moneyline in the Sunday NHL odds at Barstool Sportsbook.

Pick: Boston Bruins Moneyline (-143)

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