Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins - 1/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (23-10-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (21-19-3)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory after winning eight of their last nine games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 16 goals, David Pastrnak has 20 assists and Danton Heinen has 60 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 53 goals on 702 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 32 goals on 413 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed a combined two goals in their last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a nice home victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 25.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 17 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 24 assists and Sidney Crosby has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 82 goals on 841 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 26 goals on 363 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed four goals in five of their last nine games.
The Bruins are 8-20 in their last 28 games playing on 0 days rest, 8-2 in their last 10 road games and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The Penguins are 78-29 in their last 107 home games, 16-6 in their last 22 Sunday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings, the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
It's hard to bet against the Boston Bruins with the way they're playing, but they've been awful playing on the end of a back to back. Just eight wins in their last 28 tries is not good to say the least. While the Pittsburgh Penguins have been inconsistent recently, they remain one of the tougher home teams in the league. I'll side with Pittsburgh here.