Two squads that have put themselves squarely in playoff contention, the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins take the ice at PPG Paints Arena. The game will get started at 0:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 19, and you are able to watch this Eastern Conference matchup live on NBC.
Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins Odds
The Penguins are 30-18 straight up (SU) and have netted 7.7 units for moneyline bettors this season. That win percentage, the NHL’s second-best so far in the early season, is an improvement compared to what the team managed during last year’s regular season (44-38). Among the team’s 48 games this season, 23 have gone under the total, while 23 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 17-8 SU at home this season.
Pittsburgh has converted on 20.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.4 percent of all penalties.
As a team, Pittsburgh has been penalized just 3.2 times per game overall this season, and 4.0 per game over its last ten outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays for 8.8 minutes per game over its last five home outings.
Sporting a .929 save percentage and 27.3 saves per game, Tristan Jarry (16-8-1) has been the top option in goal for the Penguins this year. If the Pens decide to give him the day off, however, the team might roll with Matt Murray (15-11-11 record, .899 save percentage, 2.84 goals against average).
The Pens will continue looking for leadership out of Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel. Malkin (49 points) has tallied 15 goals and 34 assists and has recorded multiple points in 14 different games this year. Guentzel has 20 goals and 23 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 27 games.
Losing 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline, Boston is 28-21 straight up (SU) overall this year. A total of 25 of its outings have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and just three have pushed. As an away team, Boston is 12-10 SU so far.
Boston has converted on 26.6 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the top-five among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fourth overall and it’s successfully defended 83.4 percent of all opponent power plays.
Boston’s players have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, 3.2 per game over their past five games total, and 4.2 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Tuukka Rask (.925 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for Boston. Rask is averaging 27.4 saves per game and has 17 wins, 11 losses, and six OT losses to his credit.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Bruins will be David Pastrnak (36 goals, 32 assists) and Brad Marchand (21 goals, 43 assists).
Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins Free Picks
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Penguins, O/U – Under
Pittsburgh is 3-0 in games that go to shootout. Boston is 0-7 in shootouts.
This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Boston skaters have accounted for the league’s eighth-most hits per game (24.0) while the Pens have tallied the third-most (28.4).