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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins - 12/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Bruins (17-10-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (13-11-6)
Date & Time Friday December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -140 / Boston Bruins +127 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins in a Friday night NHL tilt.

The Boston Bruins have been in need of a hot streak and might be on their way with three straight wins after upending Arizona 4-3 on Tuesday. Nick Schmaltz and Nick Cousins scored in the first for a 2-0 Arizona lead with Michael Bunting lighting the lamp in the third. Darcy Kuemper absorbed the loss for the Coyotes with four goals allowed on 26 shots.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Brad Marchand led a four goal Boston second with a pair of tallies with Danton Heinan and David Pastrnak also supplying markers. Pastrnak assisted twice and David Krejci added three helpers for the Bruins who received 30 saves from Tuukka Rask.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defense let them down in a 6-3 defeat at struggling Chicago on Wednesday. Bryan Rust was the Pittsburgh offense with a goal in the first and two in the second for a hat trick. Matt Murray took the loss for the Penguins with four goals allowed on 27 shots.

The balanced Blackhawks received scoring off the sticks of Andreas Martinsen, Brent Seabrook, Alex Debrincat, Marcus Kruger, Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad. Toews also assisted twice for Chicago to make the 40 save performance of Corey Crawford a winner.

Under is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 vs. Metropolitan and under is 12-2 in Bruins last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and under is 11-3-1 in Bruins last 15 vs. Eastern Conference. Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a loss of 3 or more goals and under is 2-0-2 in Penguins last 4 Friday games and under is 2-0-2 in Penguins last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. Home team is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings and over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh and over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings. 

Pittsburgh is tough to get a handle on because we don’t know when the offense or defense is going to shine. I’ll bank on both offenses showing up…

over 5.5 // will update

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