Boston Bruins (14-7-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (17-9-1)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -105 / Boston Bruins -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Monday night.
The Boston Bruins will look to rebound from their 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers over the weekend. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring with 31 points including 12 goals and 19 assists both team-highs, while Patrice Bergeron has 24 points with 10 goals and 14 assists and David Pastrnak has 22 points with 12 goals of his own in 18 games this season. As a team, Boston is averaging 2.8 goals per game on 31.4 shots per contest with a 25.8% success percentage on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals per game on 26.3 shots against per contest with an astounding 88.8% success rate on the PK this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be out to build on their 3-0 win over Buffalo in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins with 26 points coming on 10 goals and a team-high 16 assists while Jake Guentzel has 24 points with 10 goals of his own this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.2 goals per game on 28.7 shots per contest with a 17.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals per game on 29.2 shots per game with a 74.4% success rate on the PK this season.
Boston is 9-3 in their last 12 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 6-0-1 in their last 7 games overall. Pittsburgh is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 3-0-2 in their last 5 home games. Boston is 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.
I get the case that could be made for either side here, but as weird as it feels to say, Boston’s struggling right now, and realistically, as much as I’ve bashed the Penguins, they’re still one of the top teams in the NHL and have been rock solid at home this season. This is going to be a battle, but I give the edge to Pittsburgh on home ice.