Boston Bruins (27-14-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (32-14-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -110 / Boston Bruins -110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 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 Tuesday night.
The Boston Bruins will look to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 loss to the Penguins on Sunday. Brad Marchand leads the B’s in scoring with 57 points including team-highs of 25 goals and 32 assists while David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each have 41 points with 18 goals and 23 assists this season. David Krejci also has 30 points with 24 assists while Craig Smith has 27 points with 10 goals and 17 assists. Charlie McAvoy and Taylor Hall each have 25 points with 20+ assists as well this season. As a team, Boston is averaging 2.8 goals on 32.7 shots with a 20.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.5 goals on 27.9 shots with an 85.8% success rate killing off penalties this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on their win over the Bruins last time out. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 56 points including 20 goals and a team-high 36 assists while Jake Guentzel has 52 points with 21 goals and 31 assists. Bryan Rust also has 39 points with 20 goals and Kris Letang has 39 points as well with 32 assists as well. Jared McCann has 26 points split between 13 goals and 13 assists while Evgeni Malkin and Kasperi Kapanen each have double-digit assist tallies this season. As a team, Pittsburgh is averaging 3.4 goals on 30 shots with a 23.1% success rate on the PK while allowing 2.7 goals on 29.7 shots with a 77.6% success rate on the PK this season.
Boston is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games overall. Pittsburgh is 39-14 in their last 53 home games and 20-7 in their last 27 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The home team is 24-6 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made both ways and if we get another matchup like we did on Sunday, we’re really going to have to split hairs here. However, I still can’t get past the fact that something about this Bruins team looks different, and not in a good way. That’s not something you want when going to take on a Pittsburgh Penguins team that plays their best hockey by far at home this season and even in a venue with no fans or limited capacity, that’s still a massive edge for the Penguins. Look for the Penguins to get the upper hand on Boston once again, so I’ll lay the juice with the Penguins in this spot.