Boston Bruins 28-9-12 are playing Pittsburgh Penguins 30-13-5 on Jan 19, 2020, 12:38pm ET at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins opened at -130 in Vegas and the current line is PIT -120.
Boston 28-9-12 overall record. 1st place in the Atlantic in the Eastern Conference with 68 points.
Pittsburgh 30-13-5 overall. Sitting 2nd place in the Metro in Eastern Conference with 65 points.
Boston on the avg scores 3.3 gpg ranking 9th league on 31 shots per game. The Bruins have the 3rd best power play efficiency. Boston only gives up 2.5 gpg which ranks them 2nd in the NHL. Opposing teams get off 31 shots per game. Boston owns a 83% PK.
Pittsburgh avgs 3.4 gpg on 32 shots and owns the 14th best power play efficiency. The defense gives up 2.7 gpg on 29 shots and they own a 81% PK. Both teams are very similar in offensive and defensive stats with similar win/lose record. Both evenly matched here.
Top Player Stats
Boston is led by D. Pastrnak with 36 g and 32 a. B. Marchand contributes 21 g and a team high 43 a. P. Bergeron has 20 g and 20 a. Boston has 5 players with 10+ goals and 12 players with 10+ assists. Boston is a high powered, high scoring offensive attack on the regular. The Penguin's led by J. Guentzel who has 20 g and 23 a. E. Malkin contributes 15 g and a team high 34 a. B. Rust adds 20 g and 22 a. Sid Crosby just recently coming off the injury report doesn't quite have the stats but he has scored the past two games he played since his return. Pitt has 8 players with 10+ goals and 13 players with 10+ assists. This team is also stacked with an offensive attack of sharp shooters.
Boston led by T. Rask who has a concussion might not start but he owns a 2.27 GA and has 2 shutouts to his resume. J. Halak has been starting the past few games only gives up 2.42 GAA along with 3 SO. Pitt is led by T. Jarry who has a 2.16 GAA with 3 SO's. M. Murray owns a 2.84 GA with 1 SO. Both teams have great crease patrollers compared to most teams. These backups could be starters for other teams.
Betting Prediction and Pick:
Boston has won both games on their home ice. The Bruins had been reeling as of late, were able to bounce back and get a couple wins before heading home and beating the Penguins in Boston. This will be televised nationally and I think Pitt will come out and show up to win this game. Both teams are tough but with Crosby back and having already lost two against Boston, it's imperative Pitt wins this game for points purposes. I think they will.
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Halak vs Jarry expected but not confirmed. The trend I like with Pitt is they've won every home game this season right after playing 2 road games. Pitt is 2-1 playing Sundays. Pitt is 7-3 at home since Dec and Jarry getting most those wins, another great trend. Boston is 4-6 ML last 10 away. 3-1 playing on Sundays. Halak went 0-2 most recent road games.
Boston is 4-2 their last 6 games, 11-5 their last 16 games against Pittsburgh, 0-5 their last 5 in Pittsburgh & 2-4 their last 6 against the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh is 5-1 their last 6 games & 10-3 their last 13 games @ home. With Boston's inability to win in Pittsburgh an Pittsburgh's home record I am taking the Pens in this game.