Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/1/21

Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/1/21 Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (23-11-2) at Boston Bruins (18-9-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Bruins -130 / Pittsburgh Penguins +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins meet in NHL action from the TD Garden on Thursday night.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be out to build on their 2-1 win over the New York Islanders in their last game. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 39 points including 14 goals and a team-high 25 assists while Jake Guentzel has 34 points with 14 goals and 20 assists and Bryan Rust has 28 points split between 14 goals and 14 assists this season. Kris Letang has 21 assists as part of his 27-point tally this season while Evgeni Malkin and Kasperi Kapanen each have 20+ points and double-digit assists this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.2 goals on 29.7 shots per game with a 20.4% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.7 goals on 30 shots with a 78.3% success rate killing off penalties this season.

The Boston Bruins will look to build off of their 5-4 win over the  Devils in their last matchup. Brad Marchand leads the Bruins in scoring with 36 points including 13 goals and 23 assists while David Pastrnak has 27 points with a team-high 14 goals and 13 apples. Patrice Bergeron’s on 27 points with 10 goals and 17 assists while Charlie McAvoy and David Krejci each have 21 points with a combined 37 assists between the two. As a team, Boston is averaging 2.6 goals on 32 shots per game with a 22.7% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.3 goals on 26.9 shots with an 89.2% kill rate on the PK this season.

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Pittsburgh is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 8-2 in their last 10 games following a win while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog. Boston is 1-7 in their last 8 games following a win and 9-4 in their last 13 Thursday games while the under is 10-1-1 in their last 12 games played on one days’ rest. Pittsburgh is 2-14 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Boston.

I get that the Bruins are at home with a low price and ti’s worth a look considering how good the Bruins have been on home ice for some time now, especially against Pittsburgh where the TD Garden has been a house of horrors for the Pens. However, we’re getting plus money with one of the hotter teams in the league in Pittsburgh, a veteran group that’s very good and extremely hard to stop once they get into a groove. All the value is with the Penguins here so give me Pittsburgh and the plus money in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Pittsburgh +110

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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