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Penguins try to avoid sweep in Boston

The Boston Bruins hold a 3-0 lead on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL's Eastern Conference final as the two teams meet in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series on Friday night at TD Garden.

The Bruins are coming off a 2-1 victory in double overtime over the Penguins as -112 home favorites in Game 3 of the set on Wednesday night. Patrice Bergeron had the winner for the Bruins in that win, while Tuukka Rask stopped 53 of 54 Penguins shots.

Pittsburgh had won six straight games in Boston before that Game 3 defeat. Now they face a daunting task of winning four straight. But the Bruins were victimized a few years back in the playoffs after leading a series 3-0.

The Bruins bring a 28-14-6 record to the battle against the 36-12 Penguins. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 16-28-4 so far and the Penguins go 23-24-1.

View Pittsburgh vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +124 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings:
The Bruins - Penguins odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Boston is rated No. 4 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 2.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 2.7 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.5 goals allowed. The Bruins power play is averaging 14.8% while the Penguins defense kills off 79.6% of their penalties.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -112 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Ottawa are 6-4
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Boston Bruins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Penguins at Bruins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Boston
Pittsburgh is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Boston, Sunday, June 9