Mike Sullivan has his team worked up into a lather right now and they are starting to absolutely dominate. The Penguins are coming off a 7-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes in a game they were the -330 favorites on the moneyline. That win extended their streak to six games – tied for the second-longest streak during Sullivan’s tenure. Pittsburgh will look to keep their winning sticks on the ice this evening when they host a Bruins team that’s coming off an impressive win over the Canadiens.
- The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Penguins.
- The Penguins are 10-2 in their last 12 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
- The total has gone OVER in the Penguins’ last 11 games.
The big three in Pittsburgh are basically unstoppable right now and have combined for 30 points during the Pens’ current six-game win streak. This is the Penguins team that I and most hockey pundits were expecting this year but it’s taken a bit of time for them to break into their full – Usain Bolt – stride. I pity any team that crosses their path right now.
For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask has been a man that’s stopped plenty of hot teams this year and is fresh off a 31-save winning performance against a Habs team that had scored 10 in their most recent game. In line for the start tonight, the Fin will look to build on his success against the Penguins that’s seen him go 7-1-1 in his last nine starts against Pittsburgh including a current 3-0 run in which Rask has a .972 save percentage.
It’s always tough to gauge how a team will deal with a tendy that has traditionally given them trouble but considering Rask has given up three or more goals in three of his last four starts – Boston could be in tough against the most lethal offense in hockey.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Boston Bruins were listed as 153 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5.5 before betting started earlier on Wednesday at Bovada.
A 4.8-0.8 result in favor of the Penguins is the prediction by the Odds – Shark
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Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
Supporters of the Boston Bruins have seen them go 16-12-2 so far this season, while the Penguins are at 19-7-3. In totals betting, the Pittsburgh Penguins are 19-6-4, while the Bruins are 10-16-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Boston injuries news.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pittsburgh Penguins rated this week at No. 5 and the Boston Bruins sitting at No. 3.
The game also pits Pittsburgh’s No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.59 goals per game, against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.37 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 20.19% while the Bruins defense kills off 87.88% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Boston won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Canadiens on December 12. Bettors who backed the Bruins at +113 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 7-0 result against the Coyotes on December 12. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -330 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
- Boston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- Boston is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
- Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston’s last 8 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Boston home to Anaheim, Thursday, December 15th
Pittsburgh home to Los Angeles, Friday, December 16th