Last June the Boston Bruins were all setup to win the Stanley Cup. Specifically, they were strong favorites with the NHL Odds to win game seven on home ice against the St. Louis Blues. But the B’s were outclassed and upset in a dominant 4-1 Blues win. Immediately after the game there was plenty of speculation about whether or not the Bruins would recover and remain a top tier team. So far this season Boston has responded in resounding fashion. To illuminate the Bruins are in three-way race with the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals for the Presidents Trophy as best regular season team. On the Sunday Boston visits the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Date and Time: Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Bruins vs. Penguins TV Coverage: NBC
Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Odds Overview
Certainly, the Bruins will garner plenty of attention with the NHL odds as the defending Eastern Conference champions and a blue blood Original Six marquee brand that is one of the most popular teams in sports with the betting public. Pittsburgh will not lack support as a popular and perennial championship contender in their own right.
Boston Bruins Current Form
Boston has a record of 27-85-7 and leads the Atlantic Division by eight points over the resurgent Tampa Bay Lighting. The Bruns have NHL metrics of seventh for goals scored, second for the power play, second for goals against, and fourth for the penalty kill.
Pittsburgh Penguins Current Form
Pittsburgh enters this game with a mark of 28-12-5-0 which puts them in second place behind the Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. Overall the Pens rank seventh for goal scoring, 21st for the power play, seventh for goals against and 14th for the penalty kill.
Key Bruins: RW David Pastrnak (36 G, 30 A, 66 PTS, +15, 16 PPG, 11 PPA, 19.4 SPCT), LW Brad Marchand (20 G, 43 A, 63 PTS, +19, 4 PPG, 17 PPA, 16.1 SPCT), D Torey Krug (5 G, 26 A, 31 PTS, 1 PPG, 18 PPA, 6.2 SPCT), G Tuukka Rask (17-4-6, 2.27 GAA, 2 SO, .925 SVPCT)
Key Penguins: C Evgeni Malkin (G 13 G, 31 A, 44 PTS, +13, 2 PPG, 10 PPA, 11.8 SPCT), RW Bryan Rust (18 G, 20 A, 38 PTS, +17, 4 PPG, 5 PPA, 1 SHG, 1 SHA, 18.8 SPCT), D Kris Letang (10 G, 18 A, 28 PTS, 3 PPG, 5 PPA, 9.3 SPCT), G Matt Murray (13-6-4, 2.91 GAA, .896 SVPCT, 1 SO), G Tristan Jarry (15-6-1 2.08 GAA, .932 SVPCT, 3 SO)
Boston and Pittsburgh Against the Spread
The Bruins are:
7-4 against the spread in their last 11 away games
2-5-1 under the total on the road
5-9 on the board in their last 14 games at Pittsburgh
5-2-1 over the total in away games against the Penguins
The Penguins are:
12-8 against the spread in their last 20 games at PPG Paints Arena
6-3-1 over the total on home ice
6-12 on the board in their last 18 games against the Bruins
10-2 over the total head to head with the Bruins
Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Pick
In this matchup the Bruins are a proven value on the road. Additionally, Penguins captain and star Sidney Crosby has been battling a hernia injury that has kept his status and effectiveness as day to day. Pittsburgh’s special teams have not been up to par which does not bode well against the superior Boston units.
Bruins vs. Penguins NHL Odds Best Bet: Boston Bruins
Bruins vs. Penguins NHL Odds Score Prediction: Bruins 3, Penguins 2
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