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Penguins Set to Return the Favor vs. Bruins

Bruins vs Penguins Betting Odds January 19 2019

The Pittsburgh Penguins are eager to avenge a loss to Boston from earlier in the week as they tangle with the visiting Bruins in a Sunday matinee. The Penguins have won five of their previous six, with a 4-1 setback in Boston their only blemish over that span. The Bruins, who haven't played since that win, hope they've turned a corner following back-to-back losses.

Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Opening Odds Analysis

The Penguins kicked things off as -130 favorites, though that line has shrunk as low as -120 in some spots. The total has held steady at 6.

Boston Bruins News & Notes

The Bruins weren't at all happy with how they played in consecutive games against Philadelphia and Columbus; they squandered a two-goal third-period lead in a 6-5 setback to the Flyers and looking listless offensively in a 3-0 defeat to the Blue Jackets. But they dominated on both ends of the ice vs. Pittsburgh, overcoming an early deficit to improve to 16-2-9 at TD Garden.

But the Bruins will have to go for the home-and-home sweep without the services of David Krejci, who missed the first leg with an upper-body injury. His absence isn't the only news among Boston forwards, with veteran David Backes clearing waiver this week and being sent down to the AHL. Backes has appeared in just 16 games this season, recording one goal and two assists.

Pittsburgh Penguins News & Notes

Look who's back in more ways than one: It's superstar Sidney Crosby, who has returned from core muscle surgery with a little extra spring in his step. The future Hall of Famer has six points in three games since returning from a lengthy absence, and has scored in every game so far. His first-period goal provided Pittsburgh's only offense in Thursday's loss to Boston.

So, what can the Penguins do to avenge that defeat? Taking better care of the puck is a good place to start; Pittsburgh turned it over 15 times against the Bruins, while the hosts had just six turnovers in the win. The Penguins also went 0-for-3 with the man advantage Thursday, and they're just 20th in the NHL in power-play success rate at home (19.8 percent)

Betting Pick: Pittsburgh -1.5

The Penguins built a little momentum with a 2-1 win over Detroit on Friday, and have been truly dominant at home this season. We like the multi-goal victory at stronger odds than a straight-up win.

Shark Bites
  • Boston is 0-5 SU in its last five games in Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh is 10-3 SU in its last 13 home games.
  • The OVER is 10-3 in the last 13 games in this matchup.