Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Bruins vs Penguins NHL Odds
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(28-9-12) Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (30-13-5)
Date: Sunday, January 19th
Time: 12:30 PM ET
Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh PA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Bruins +105 | Penguins -125
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Penguins -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6
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There’s a great early Sunday afternoon tilt on tap with two very even teams when the Bruins visit the Penguins in a battle of Eastern Conference elites.
The Bruins sit in 1st in the Atlantic with 68 points. Pittsburgh may be in 2nd in the Metropolitan, but are just 3 points shy of Boston with 65 of their own. The Penguins actually have more outright wins, 30 to 28.
Oddsmakers have set the Penguins as -125 favorites more than likely for the simple fact of home ice advantage. These teams are very evenly matched, right down to both having just 2 regulation losses in their last 10 games.
The Bruins have already started the year 2-0 vs. Pittsburgh by a combined score of 10-5. Boston has paid out on the puck line in both of these games, scoring 6-4 and 4-1 wins albeit both at TD Garden.
Boston has a tough matchup at PPG Paints Arena where Pittsburgh is 17-5-3 on the year. These two teams are playing in the home and home with the Bruins scoring a 4-1 win on Thursday as -123 favorites.
Holding the Penguins to a goal on Thursday was a big step for Boston as they try to adjust to life without Tuukka Rask for the time being. Rask had held opponents to 2 goals or less in 4 of 5 games prior to missing the 1/14 game vs. Columbus.
The good news for Pittsburgh is that Jaroslav Halak stepped up in Rask’s absence on Thursday stopping 29 of 30 Pittsburgh shots. Halak did allow 12 goals in the three starts prior however.
The Penguins are in a great spot to split the recent home-and-home with Boston because that’s just what teams do when the lose the 1st meeting on the road. That’s especially true in this series where the home team has won the last 10.
Pittsburgh does come into this game on a roll having won 5 of 6 – the only loss being against Boston on January 16th.
The Penguins run has been impressive considering they’ve won over likely playoff teams in Vegas, Colorado, and Arizona – and all on the road. The Penguins are back home after being on the road in 5 of their last 6.
Who Pittsburgh throws in net Sunday will be a mystery as it was Tristan Jarry who got the nod last time vs. Boston but allowed 3 goals on 29 shots. Matt Murray helped secure the win over Detroit last time out on 0 days rest.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Bruins are 5-0 last 5 vs. a team with a winning record
- Bruins are 6-1 last 7 Sunday games
- Penguins are 19-7 last 26 overall
- Bruins are 0-5 last 5 in Pittsburgh
- Home team is 20-7 last 27 meetings
Free Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Prediction:
Even though both these teams are very good, this series has become very easy to handicap, just take the home team. It becomes that much easier when the price is so nice at -125 for Pittsburgh, who is good on their own ice as it is.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Penguins -125
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