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Penguins vs Bruins, Odds, Picks, and How to Watch

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NHL Hockey

Jan 25, 2021 · 4:19 PM PST

Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
  • The Boston Bruins are -137 favorites over the Pittsburgh Penguins in NHL action on Tuesday
  • NHL record 2-1, +0.60 units won
  • Boston has won eight straight home games over Pittsburgh dating back to 2014

The Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling along on a four-game winning streak as they arrive in Boston to face the Bruins on Tuesday. However, the Pens are also in the midst of an eight-game skid when it comes to games played at Boston’s TD Garden.

Not since a 3-2 overtime verdict on Nov. 24th, 2014 has Pittsburgh skated off the ice with the two points in a road game against the Bruins. The Penguins lost twice at Boston last season – a 4-1 setback on Jan. 16th. 2020 and a 6-4 defeat on Nov. 4, 2019.

The Bruins are 12-1 in their last 13 home games against the Penguins. No wonder then that Boston should be the -137 favorite in this game.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins Odds

Team Moneyline Puckline Total
Pittsburgh Penguins +117 +1.5 (-220) O 5.5 (-125)
Boston Bruins -137 -1.5 (+180) U 5.5 (+104)

Odds taken Jan. 25th at DraftKings.

The puck drops at 7 PM EST for Tuesday’s game. The game is being broadcast regionally by AT&T SportsNet in Pittsburgh and NESN in Boston.

The same two teams meet again Thursday in Boston.

Bruins Also Flying

The Bruins’ power play went 3-for-4 in Saturday’s 6-1 drubbing of the Philadelphia Flyers. They’ve won two in a row, scoring 11 goals in the process.

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scored twice in the win, but it was the performance of some of Boston’s younger players that sparked optimism.

Rookie Trent Frederic and Jacob Zboril each collected their first NHL point in the win.

That followed the first NHL goal by rookie forward Jack Studnicka in Thursday’s 5-4 shootout win over Philly.

Penguins Wearing Rally Caps

Winning is wonderful, but all NHL coaches will tell you that eventually, playing catch-up hockey will catch up with a team. During its win streak, Pittsburgh has surrendered the first goal in all four games and trailed well into every contest before rallying.

The Pens were down 2-1 and 3-2 to Washington, winning a 4-3 shootout. Their only lead of the rematch with the Caps was the overtime winner in a 5-4 verdict.

Against the Rangers, Pittsburgh trailed 3-1 but won a 4-3 shootout. Sunday, New York led 2-1 before succumbing 3-2.

Injury Report

Boston forward David Pastrnak (hip surgery) wore a regular jersey in practice Monday. He’s not expected back until the weekend, though.

The Bruins are without defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (undisclosed) and John Moore (lower-body). There’s a chance Grzelcyk could play Tuesday. Forward Ondrej Kase (upper body) is listed as day-to-day.

Pittsburgh forward Evan Rodrigues left Sunday’s win over the New York Rangers following a collision with Rangers forward Filip Chytil. He’s out long-term with a lower-body injury.

At practice on Monday, both Sam Lafferty and Drew O’Connor from the taxi squad took turns skating with the top 12 forwards.

The Penguins are still missing forward Kasperi Kapanen. He’s out while dealing with quarantine health protocols due to COVID-19.

Trendspotting

Penguins second-line center Evgeni Malkin skated just 14:23 of ice time on 23 shifts Sunday against the Rangers. Other than games when he’s suffered an injury, that’s the third-lowest single-game ice time total of his NHL career.

In six games this season, the former Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner has accounted for one goal, a power-play tally, and a secondary assist.

Penguins forward Jake Guentzel scored his 100th NHL goal Sunday against the Rangers. Pittsburgh forward Bryan Rust (2-2-4) has authored a five-game point streak. All four Penguins wins during their current streak came on home ice.

Bruins captain Bergeron (maintenance day) didn’t participate in Monday’s practice.

Pick: Boston Bruins (-137) – 1.0 unit

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