NHL Pick of the Week: Boston Bruins vs. Minnesota Wild

Betting on the National Hockey League is never an easy task, but there are some tips and tricks that can make things easier. We have taken a look at this week's schedule, and have picked out the best game to bet on this week. The Boston Bruins host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night, and that is the NHL Pick of the Week.

Boston enters the week 29 points and they are currently leading the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have been struggling a bit of late, and have lost five of their last six games. Minnesota has been playing better hockey of late, but they are still not a great team. The Wild have racked up just 16 total points this season, and are in last place in the Central Division.

Bruins Don't Give Up Many Goals

The Boston Bruins were the best defensive team in the NHL a season ago, and they are back on track for that this season. Boston has allowed just 2.45 goals per game this season, and they have a terrific tandem of goaltenders. Tuukka Rask is the main goaltender for the Bruins, and he has gone 8-1-2 so far in net. The Bruins don't give up many chances, and Rask stops them if they do pop up.

David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand are both having monster seasons for the Bruins, and they are carrying the team on offense. Pastrnak leads the team with 17 goals and 32 points and has been on a scoring tear of late. Marchand leads the team with 19 assists and does a great job of setting up his teammates. Boston can score just as well as they can defend, and Pastrnak and Marchand are leading the way.

Wild Still Looking For Offense

The Minnesota Wild have started to play some better hockey of late, but they are still looking for more offense. Minnesota is averaging just 2.65 goals per game, and that's not going to get the job done. Center Eric Staal leads the team with six goals, eight assists, and 14 points, but he needs some help from his teammates. Minnesota is converting on just 17.7 percent of their power play chances, and that number has to improve as the year goes on.

Defense and goaltending has actually been going much better for the Wild of late, and it's a huge reason for their recent improvement. Minnesota is giving up right at 3.5 goals per game, and that number could win with some offense. Goaltender Alex Stalock has gone 3-3-2 in his 9 games, and is giving up less than 2.75 goals per game. Stopping Pastrnak and Marchand will be a challenge in this game.

Bruins Win on Saturday Night

This is a battle of two teams that are in much different places as a franchise this season. The Boston Bruins are one of the best defensive teams in the NHL and the Minnesota Wild really struggle to score goals. That should lead to a pretty comfortable victory for the Boston Bruins in this game as they will get back on track this week. Bet the Boston Bruins over the Minnesota Wild with the NHL Pick of the Week on Saturday night.