Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs Bruins NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(24-11-2) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins (18-10-5)
Date: Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -105 | Bruins -115
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
Pittsburgh hasn’t had Evgeni Malkin lately, as he’s week-to-week with an injury and hasn’t played since March 16th. However, it hasn’t seemed to matter.
The Penguins are cruising lately. Sydney Crosby and Co. are 5-0 straight up and 4-1 on the puck line in their last five games. Moreover, Pittsburgh is 7-2-1 in its last 10 and just beat up on Boston on Thursday night.
Casey DeSmith played great in that game. He allowed just one goal on 21 shots against, and the Penguins went 2/2 on the penalty kill.
All-in-all, the Penguins are now in a three-way tie atop the East Division standings. Moreover, it’s in a two-way tie with the Islanders for goal differential, at +26.
Pittsburgh has been underestimated all season long. A $100 bettor would be up $548 if he played every Penguins ML this season.
The Bruins are once again without Tuuka Rask. Jaroslav Halak will be in net for Boston this afternoon, and he’s an undervalued goalie.
However, the Bruins have been struggling recently. Boston is just 2-3 straight up and 0-5 on the puck line in the last five games. It’s also just 5-4-1 in the last 10 games.
Boston still has the best defense in the East Division by goals allowed, with 81. The problem has been its offense, where it’s only scored 89 goals this season and therefore is only +8 in goal differential.
Somehow, the Bruins have yet to be underdogs this season. What a crazy season it’s been.
Free Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins NHL Prediction:
These are two of the bigger and more physical teams in the league. I’d expect a grind-it-out, tough and eventually low-scoring game.
And it’s usually that way between these two. The under has hit in five straight games between the Pittsburgh and Boston. Moreover, the Penguins are 9-2 to the under in their last 11 games while the Bruins are 9-2 to the under in their last 11.
As long as DeSmith continues to play well and Halak holds his own, I’d expect this game to stay under.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5
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