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Bruins Bid for Season Sweep of Penguins

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The Boston Bruins have had the Pittsburgh Penguins’ number this season and will go for their third win in as many games and a season sweep versus their Eastern Conference rivals at TD Garden Wednesday night.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 1-5 SU in their last six games on the road against the Bruins.
  • The Bruins are 1-4 SU in their last five games at home.
  • The Bruins are 1-6 SU in their last seven games versus a team with a winning record.

Online book Bovada currently has the Bruins at -120 in moneyline markets and the Penguins at -110. As far as the total is concerned, the shop has OVER 5.5 at +105 and UNDER 5.5 at -135.

The Bruins and Pens played a home-and-home back in mid December where the B’s triumphed 3-0 on home ice and skated to a 6-2 win in Pittsburgh two nights later. In fact, going a bit further back, the Bruins have won the previous four matchups with the Pens dating back to the final two meetings last season.

If the Boston Bruins played at home as well as they do on the road, they’d be one of the NHL’s top teams. They are 20-7-3 on the road compared to just 13-15-3 at home heading into Wednesday’s game. They just ended a seven game road trip which saw them go 4-3 SU, but then dropped their first game back on home ice with a 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

That inconsistency has them fighting with the Detroit Red Wings for third in the Atlantic Division but with the Wings off Wednesday, they can leapfrog them in the division standings with a two-point haul versus the Pens.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins in this one, they Penguins listed earlier today as underdogs of 110 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 2.9-2.5 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

32-22-6 Boston battles the Penguins, currently with a 30-20-8 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 28-25-7 for the Bruins and 23-25-10 for the Penguins. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 27-ranked Boston Bruins and the No. 13-rated Pittsburgh Penguins in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Boston Bruins No. 3-ranked offense (3.08 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.6 goals per game allowed. The Bruins powerplay has clicked at a 21.71% rate while the Penguins have a 83.7% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Penguins were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -129 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 6-4 loser as they battled the Blue Jackets at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jackets at +137 were rewarded, while the 10 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Boston
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games when playing Boston
  • Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 8 games
  • Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
  • Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Winnipeg, Saturday, February 27th
Boston at Carolina, Friday, February 26th