Penguins head to Boston in series hole
The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in an 0-2 hole in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final against the Boston Bruins as those teams meet in Game 3 action on Wednesday night.
Yet history says they are fine in Beantown, as he Pens have won six straight at Boston and 9 of 12 overall since 2007.
The Bruins pushed their series lead to 2-0 on Monday night with a convincing 6-1 victory as a +165 road underdog on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks. Boston also blanked the Penguins 3-0 as a +165 road underdog in Game 1 of the series.
Boston battles the Penguins, currently with a 36-12 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 16-28-4 for the Bruins and 23-24-1 for the Penguins.
The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 2-rated Penguins taking on the No. 4-rated Bruins in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 11-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 14.8% rate while the Penguins have a 79.6% rate on the penalty kill.
The Bruins were a 6-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at +165 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Ottawa are 6-4
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
A few Penguins at Bruins trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Boston
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh at Boston, Friday, June 7