Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Bruins vs Penguins NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(14-8-4) Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (18-9-1)
Date: Tuesday, March 16th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Bruins -107| Penguins -113
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Penguins -1.5 (OFF)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
The Penguins and Bruins meet for a second straight night on Tuesday, with Boston hoping their fortunes turn out better than their 4-1 defeat on Monday night.
Boston has had an offensive disappearance as of late, being held to a goal or less in 4 of the last 5. The Bruins’ success is predicated on their defense, but that’s nearly a zero contribution from the offense.
The Bruins do rank just 21st in scoring this season with 2.7 goals/game. Brad Marchand is on a 5-game scoreless streak and Patrice Bergeron has been shut out in 4 of 5. David Pastrnak is carrying the Bruins offense right now.
It was a disappointing loss for the Bruins, who had swept an earlier series at home vs. the Penguins. Boston was able to grab a 3-4 (OT) and a 5-3 defeat to Pittsburgh, as -124 and -126 favorites.
Boston is at a huge disadvantage in net for Tuesday’s matchup. It’s the back to back, which either means Jaroslav plays two in a row or Boston goes to a callup. Tuukka Rask has been sidelined the last four.
Pittsburgh had the offense working on Monday night, something that’s not new as they’ve scored 4+ goals in 5 of the last 6. The Penguins rank just 12th in scoring in the NHL this year.
The Penguins had their big dogs barking hard on Monday. Kris Letang has 3 points in 2 games, Evgeni Malkin has a point in eight straight, and Sidney Crosby has goals in four of his last five.
The Penguins are 11-2 at PPG Paints Arena this season, nearly a reason alone to take Pittsburgh. Mike Sullivan’s team has also scored 4+ in 5 of 6 games on this current winning streak.
One reason not to like Pittsburgh is because they burned up Tristan Jarry (likely) on Monday night. He was great and has only allowed 5 goals in the last three starts, but can’t go on the back to back…can he?
NHL Betting Trends:
- Bruins are 1-4 last 5 road games
- Under is 6-0-1 in Bruins last 7 overall
- Penguins are 5-0 last 5 overall
- Penguins are 1-4 last 5 on 0 days rest
- Bruins are 4-1 last 5 head to head
- Over is 6-1 last 7 in Pittsburgh
Free Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Prediction:
It may seem like Pittsburgh is at a disadvantage having to go to Casey DeSmith on the back to back, but he’s been great this year with a 6-2 record and 2.23 GAA. DeSmith shut out Buffalo on Saturday.
The Penguins also have a great home record and a solid core of players that are on fire right now. Pittsburgh has won six straight, Boston has dropped their last two.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -113
Goaltending may be a worry here, but that home ice advantage.
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