Bruins vs. Penguins Picks
Probable Goalies: Boston (Rask) vs. Pittsburgh (Fleury)
Date/Time: March 17th, 12:30 PM ET
NHL Betting Odds from Bookmaker Sportsbook
Moneyline: Penguins -140
Two of the top teams in NHL betting action this year in the Eastern Conference will meet up on Sunday afternoon on NBC, as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins have only suffered one loss in the last six games, and that loss came against these Pens. Since that point, Boston has won back to back 4-1 decisions against the Florida Panthers and the Washington Capitals at home to continue to put the pressure on the Montreal Canadiens atop the Northeast Division. The defense really has been the key this year for the B’s. The Bruins are killing off 93.0 percent of their penalties this year, and that is easily the best mark in the game. G Tuukka Rask was given the day off on Saturday against the Caps, and he is going to start this four-game road trip in net on Sunday. Four players have at least 21 points this year, led by C Patrice Bergeron and C David Krejci, who have 24 points apiece. C Brad Marchand has 12 goals and 11 assists. Six different players have at least six goals on the team as well.
More offense! The Penguins just continue to light the lamp time and time again, and they have now scored an average of 4.38 goals per game on their eight-game winning streak. They have scored at least three goals in all eight of these games. C Sidney Crosby already has a whopping 47 points this season, and he and his mates continue to get the job done every single night. LW Chris Kunitz already has 18 goals and 21 assists, while LW James Neal has 17 goals and 12 helpers. RW Pascal Dupuis is a bit of a slacker, knowing that he “only” has 20 points this year, but he is also third on the team in goals with 14. However, we think that G Marc-Andre Fleury has really stepped it up, too. The Pens have only allowed a total of four goals in their last four games, and Fleury has been right in the center of the action. He picked up his first shutout of the season when he stopped 23 shots against the New York Rangers. He has now won four straight starts, and now has a 15-5-0 record with a 2.45 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
The Bruins have only been beaten twice this year by more than a goal, it really isn’t all that likely that they are going to get stuffed up by two goals, even against the high flying Penguins. Take the puck line on a visiting Boston club that has really been playing out of its mind.
Boston Bruins @ Pittsburgh Penguins Pick: Boston Bruins +1.5
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