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Bruins, Penguins start Eastern final

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking to continue their winning streak against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night as the two teams meet in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

The Penguins have won six games in a row against the Bruins heading into Saturday's contest, including all three meetings between the clubs this past season. The UNDER paid out for totals bettors in each of the Bruins vs. Pens games this year.

The Penguins sit at 36-12 on the season; in comparison, the Bruins are currently 28-14-6. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 23-24-1 OU, and Boston is 16-28-4 OU.

View Boston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Penguins as -170 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

Power Rankings:
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 2-ranked Penguins and the No. 4-rated Bruins in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Bruins defense that ranks No. 3 at 2.3 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 24.7% rate while the Bruins have a 87.1% rate on the penalty kill.

Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing NY Rangers are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 6-4
After playing Ottawa are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Bruins at Penguins trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 9 games on the road
Boston is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
Pittsburgh is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games at home
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing Boston

Next up:
Boston at Pittsburgh, Monday, June 3