The Boston Bruins will be looking for a little revenge when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Pittsburgh defeated Boston on Thursday, 4-1.
Here you can find the best picks, news, and stats for this East Division battle at the TD Garden. Boston is the favorite at -120. This according to PointsBet Sportsbook, which puts the odds for Pittsburgh at +100 as the underdog.
Goaltender Triston Jarry is listed as questionable for Pittsburgh on Saturday. Right-wing Kasperi Kapanen and center Evgeni Malkin were both hurt earlier in the week and are out indefinitely. Boston has several injuries. That includes goaltender Tuukka Rask, who was hurt in the last contest and is out indefinitely. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Jeremy Lauzon are both listed as questionable for Saturday and John Moore was hurt earlier in the week and is out indefinitely. The Bruins have four defensemen out for this game.
Penguins Roll to Fifth Straight Win
Casey DeSmith stopped 30 of 31 shots to help lead the Pittsburgh Penguins (24-11-2) to their fifth straight victory. Four different players scored goals for Pittsburgh, including Jake Guentzel with his 15th tally of the year.
Pittsburgh is 11th in the NHL in goals per game at 3.19 and is connecting on 10.9% of their shots, fourth-best in the league. The power-play has been solid at 20.6%, 15th overall. Pittsburgh is led in scoring by Sidney Crosby with 40 points. Crosby is second in goals with 14 and leads the team in assists with 26. Guentzel is the team leader in goals with 15 and he is second on the team with 35 points.
The Penguins are allowing 2.57 goals per game. They are 17th in penalty killing at 78.6%. It will likely be DeSmith back in goal once again. He has a 9-3-0 record with a 1.84 GAA and a .933 save percentage.
Vladar Struggles for Bruins
Dan Vladar struggled for Boston, stopping only 19 of 22 shots in the loss. Brad Marchand had the only goal for the Bruins, his team-leading 14th of the season.
Boston is 22nd in goals per game at 2.61 and is 29th in shooting percentage at 8.0%. The power-play has been solid at 22.8%, 11th overall. Marchand leads the team in scoring with 37 points. David Pastrnak is tied for the team lead in goals with 14.
The Bruins are fifth in goals allowed at 2.39 per contest and have the best penalty-killing units in the NHL at 89.6%. With Rask out indefinitely, Vladar (2.03 GAA, .929 save percentage) and Jaroslav Halak (2.27, .916) will have to step up their games.
- 4-1 in their last five games on the road.
- 5-1 in their last six games against teams with a winning record.
- 2-5 in their last seven games on a Saturday.
It is hard to go against the hot team, especially after they have defeated the same team they played just two nights earlier. Pittsburgh is getting outstanding play across the board, and DeSmith may be the most underrated backup in the NHL. He has done a fantastic job for the Penguins, and they are losing nothing by him being between the pipes. Boston cannot produce enough goals to defeat Pittsburgh right now.
Pick: Take Pittsburgh at +100.
These teams have gone under in four straight games in Boston and have gone under in five straight meetings overall. Pittsburgh has gone under in nine of their last 11 games while Boston has gone under in seven of their last 10 at home. Pittsburgh has a strong offense, but they are even better defensively. Boston is all about defense.
Pick: Go under 5.5 at -120.