In tonight’s list of NHL matchups, we see a good Eastern Conference clash with the Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins. The Penguins come into the game sitting at fourth on the Metropolitan Division table and off an overtime loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. The team has had a rather mixed performance posting a record of 6-3-1 over their last ten games, including two losses on the road. They will be looking to turn this narrative around at the TD Garden in this matchup.
On the other side, the Bruins come into this game atop the Atlantic Division and on a five-game winning streak. The team’s last game, which was on Saturday, saw them record a big 5-2 win against the Ottawa Senators. The team comes into the game with 7-1-2 record in their last ten games, which is slightly better than the Penguins. However, they have been pretty good at home, only conceding one loss this whole season, and it was in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning. So, who will win this matchup?
Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins Predictions
Well, before we get into all the prediction making, which is pretty much the only thing that most bettors care about, we’d like to show you how we got there below:
- The Bruins have been pretty dominant this season with a record of 10-1-2 this season so far. As mentioned above, they have only lost at home once this season and that was against the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime. They are also on a five-game winning streak.
- Boston is confirmed to be starting backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak. While his record isn’t quite at the same level as Tuukka Rask, he isn’t having a bad season. He’s posted a record of 3-1-1, a goals against average of 2.59, and a save percentage of .919. It is important to note that the Bruins lost more games with him on the ice than Rask.
- The Bruins currently lead the league in power play percentage and average goals allowed. They are very hard to score against, even when they are playing their backup, and have been very dangerous on the power play.
- On the other side, the Penguins probably haven’t started the season as well as they would have hoped but they aren’t playing badly. The team has an overall record of 8-5-1 and are coming off a home loss against the Edmonton Oilers who lead the Pacific division. They haven’t been too great away from home with an overall record of 3-2 this season.
- Pittsburgh is projected to start goaltender Matt Murray tonight. Although Murray’s stats are no match for Rask’s, he is no slouch. So far this season, he has recorded a goals against average of 2.17, a save percentage of .924, and one shutout. If Murray doesn’t play, Tristan Jarry will be the likely replacement, and he hasn’t been all that bad but his win record stands against him at 1-2-0.
- While the Penguins lag behind the Bruins in most stats, they aren’t all that bad or far behind. Offensively, the team is ranked 10th for average goals scored per game, and 8th for shots on goal per game. Defensively, they are ranked fourth for average goals allowed per game and penalty minutes.
With all that said, here are our predictions for tonight’s Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins matchup:
- Moneyline – we say go with Boston. They have been exceptional at home this season. Although starting goaltender Tuukka Rask won’t be playing, backup Jaroslav Halak is still pretty good and should be able to help get the team the win.
Kim’s NHL Prediction Record so far: 19-22
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