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Penguins Look to Continue Home Dominance in Tilt With Bruins

With all eyes on Foxborough this evening, the Penguins’ game against the Bruins in Pittsburgh is flying a bit under the radar but still has plenty of betting appeal. The Pens will be looking to extend their three-game winning streak while the Bruins try to curb their three-game skid with the safety of Claude Julien’s job in jeopardy.

SHARK BITES
  • The Penguins have won 5 straight games at the PPG Paints Arena.
  • The Bruins are 5-1 SU in their last 6 matchups against the Penguins.
  • The Penguins’ last 3 home games have gone OVER with an average of 10 goals per contest.

Although they’ve had their struggles against the Bruins, tonight should be easy pickings for the Penguins. They've lost just four games at home this season and just two in regulation, making the Pens the best home team in the NHL. That hasn’t really translated into puckline success, however, as they’re a middling 11-12 ATS at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Bruins, on the other hand, are tied with the Ducks for having the most games under their belts and they’re averaging just barely over a point per game. Pittsburgh is the highest shooting team in the league so Tuukka Rask will have to be much sharper than he’s been during his last four games – given he gets the start. The Finn has allowed three or more goals in three of those appearances and has a save percentage of just .884 this month.

Both these teams pepper the opposing netminder with pucks, sitting No. 1 and 2 in shots per game so if you can find a total of 5.5 or lower, I would lean towards taking the OVER.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as -170 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.7-1.8 victory for the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Boston Bruins have seen them go 23-20-6 so far this season, while the Penguins are at 29-11-5. In totals betting, the Pittsburgh Penguins are 29-12-4, while the Bruins are 20-24-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Boston injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Pittsburgh Penguins and the No. 9-ranked Boston Bruins, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.64 goals per game, against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.53 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 23.23% while the Bruins defense kills off 87.04% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bruins were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Blackhawks. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +146 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 7-1 winner as they battled the Hurricanes on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -119 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 19 of Pittsburgh's last 25 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston home to Detroit, Tuesday, January 24th
Pittsburgh home to St. Louis, Tuesday, January 24th

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