Boston Bruins (35-22-10) at Pittsburgh Penguins (39-18-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 14, 2015, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -141 / Boston Bruins +128 --- Over/Under: 5.5
NESN, ROOT, NHL
The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins play Saturday at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Boston Bruins look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Bruins are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Boston Bruins have five power play goals in their last four games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 22 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 29 assists and Loui Eriksson has 136 shots on goal. Defensively, the Bruins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Tuukka Rask has allowed 126 goals on 1,621 shots faced and Niklas Svedberg has given up 31 goals on 376 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning seven of their last 10. The Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have one power play goal in their last five games and have won 10 straight when scoring at least three goals. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 28 goals, Sidney Crosby has 47 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 176 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 114 goals on 1,500 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 41 goals on 446 shots.
The Bruins are 51-25 in their last 76 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and 94-44 in their last 138 home games. The Bruins are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
In a game where both teams are red hot, I'm almost forced to take the plus money. The Bruins are on fire in hopes of locking up a playoff spot and have owned the Penguins recently. Take the road team.