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Streaking Bruins Host Struggling Pens

Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins have just one regulation loss in their past 12 games while notching 19 of a possible 24 points. The Bruins will look to tally a fourth consecutive game with at least one point when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER has hit in each of the Bruins past five outings.
  • Penguins coach Mike Sullivan mixed up the lines in practice and moved Phil Kessel to the third line.
  • The Bruins have the second-most goals per game in the NHL this season.

The Bruins have won four of their past five against the Penguins entering their home-and-home set Wednesday. As one-sided as the rivalry sounds, seven of the past eight games between these clubs have been settled by one goal.

Patrice Bergeron continues to be the offensive linchpin of the Bruins as he has four points in the past three games. The center is also tied for the team lead in points this season with 29.

The Penguins will be without starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury as he suffered a concussion in his last outing. With Fleury gone one-to-two weeks, backup Jeff Zatkoff (.936 SV%, 2.43 GAA) will get the bulk of the starts for the Pens.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Boston Bruins as -138 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.5-1.9 result in favor of the Bruins today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Bruins currently sport a record of 16-9-4. The Pittsburgh Penguins are 15-11-3. Betting totals have seen the Bruins post a 15-12-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Penguins have gone 9-15-5 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Boston Bruins rated this week at No. 1 and the Pittsburgh Penguins sitting at No. 17.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Boston's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.21 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.45 goals allowed. The Bruins power play is averaging 29.63% while the Penguins defense kills off 83.51% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 4-1 loser at home against the Capitals. Bettors on Washington at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

Boston was a 3-2 loser in its last match at home against the Oilers. They lost as favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
  • Boston is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
  • Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home

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Pittsburgh home to Boston, Friday, December 18th