The Pittsburgh Penguins return home tonight following a short two-game road trip in Buffalo to host the Boston Bruins.
Let’s take a look at tonight’s Eastern Division showdown in our Bruins vs. Penguins betting preview with odds, picks, and player prop predictions.
Bruins vs. Penguins Betting Pick
The Penguins won their fifth consecutive game on Saturday night with a 3-0 victory over the Sabres.
Both teams played a sloppy game offensively, with the first goal of the contest late in the second period on a power-play tally from Jake Guentzel. Two empty-net goals by the Pens in the last minute of play sealed the victory in what was the fifth career shutout for Casey DeSmith, who stopped all 24 shots he faced.
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Now, the Penguins return home to take on a Bruins club that split a pair of games against the Rangers over the weekend. They won the first matchup by a 4-0 on Wednesday night, only to lose 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Penguins lead the Bruins by three points in the Eastern Division standings. Boston has two games in hand, so this is a massive matchup.
Bruins vs. Penguins Odds
Here are the lines for Bruins vs. Penguins at DraftKings Sportsbook:
Spread: Penguins (+1.5 -275); Bruins (-1.5 +220)
Moneyline: Penguins (+100); Bruins (-117)
Over/Under: Over 5.5 (-105)/Under 5.5 (-117)
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Bets We Like With a Penguins Win
Penguins Team Total OVER 2.5 Goals (-135, BetMGM)
This Penguins offense is on a tear right now. They’ve scored 29 goals over their last seven games.
Boston started the year with a consistently strong defensive effort, but lately, the Bruins have allowed a few high-scoring performances. The Penguins’ surging offense makes this a good spot for the Penguins to capitalize on a suddenly vulnerable Boston defense.
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Bets We Like With a Bruins Win
David Pastrnak to Score a Goal Anytime (+120, DraftKings)
Tied with forward Brad Marchand for the team lead in goals at 12 apiece, David Pastrnak continues to prove himself a consistent offensive performer. With eight goals and 13 assists in 14 career games against the Penguins, I like the 24-year-old Czech native to score here tonight.
Bets We Like Independent of the Outcome
Game to end in a Tie After Regulation (+310 at DraftKings)
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Boston’s style of play relies upon physical forechecking and solid defensive effort, while the Penguins are more finesse-oriented, looking for wide breakouts to create scoring chances. Often, there are times when two contrasting styles cancel each other out, and we see a tight contest that needs overtime to decide a winner. I think that’s exactly what we get here this evening.
Bruins vs. Penguins Prediction
The Penguins are rolling right now, but Boston should put a stellar effort in a bounce-back spot following an embarrassing outing Saturday against the New York Rangers. Ultimately, the Penguins are playing better hockey right now, so I like them to pick up a 4-3 shootout win in a big statement game.
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