Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Penguins and Bruins. The game is starting at 3:00 ET on ABC, and it’s hosted by the Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, MA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6 goals, and the Bruins are -1.5 goal favorite to win at home against the Penguins.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS BOSTON BRUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Boston Bruins -1.5

This game will be played at TD Garden at 3:00 ET on Saturday, March 9th.

WHY BET THE BOSTON BRUINS:

  • The Bruins enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Bruins on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Penguins (+1.5)

Can Pittsburgh Pull Off A Win at TD Garden?

With a record of 28-25-8, the Penguins are 12th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the road, Pittsburgh has gone 12-14-4 this season and has dropped three straight games away from home. As the underdog, the Penguins are 9-10-3 this year.

Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh has gone 4-6 and they have lost four of their last five games. For the season, the Penguins have been favored in 39 of their 61 games and have gone 19-15-5 in those games.

On the road this season, the Penguins have gone 15-15 vs. the puck line, and their overall puck line record is 29-32. So far, they have 19 wins by multiple goals and 9 wins by just one goal. Their average scoring margin this year is at +.1 goals per game.

As the underdog, Pittsburgh has a puck line mark of 14-8, and their puck line record vs. the Eastern Conference is 14-17. In their last ten games, the team’s puck line record is 4-6, and their average scoring differential on the road is at -.1 goals per contest.

The average goal total for Pittsburgh’s games is sitting at 5.8. The average over/under line for the season is 6.3. The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 24-33-4.

Through their last three road games, Pittsburgh has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 1 goals per game.

Offensively, the Penguins come into the game at 2.9 goals per contest placing 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 10th position in the league. Pittsburgh’s offense comes into the game ranked 25th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 26th in the NHL.

Pittsburgh’s leading scorer is Sidney Crosby. So far, he has 32 goals which is 12th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Crosby has 31 assists this season.

Defensively, the Bruins are currently 6th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.3 shots per game against Boston. They also are 6th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry gets the start and has made 42 starts this season. His record at this point is 18-20, and his save percentage is 0.889%.

Does Boston Have What it Takes at Home?

With a record of 37-13-15, the Bruins are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and 2nd place in the Atlantic Division. At home this season, Boston has gone 20-7-6, and when favored, they have a record of 31-13-11. Over their last ten games, the Bruins have gone 5-5.

So far this season, Boston has been favored in 55 of their 65 games. When favored, they have gone 31-13-11. In their last three games, the Bruins have gone 2-1, and over their last five games, they have gone 3-2.

At home this season, the Bruins have gone just 17-16 against the puck line, and they are 33-32 overall. So far, Boston has seen 26 of their wins come by multiple goals, and they have an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game.

Overall, the team has been favored in 55 of their games, and their puck line record as the favorite is just 23-32. Currently, the Bruins have won three games in a row against the puck line, and their average scoring margin at home is +.9 goals per game.

Games involving Boston have an average of 6.1 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 5.9. In terms of their over/under performance, the Bruins come in with a record of 31-34-0.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Pittsburgh has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 1 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.

On the offensive side, the Bruins are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 7th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 15th in the league. Coming into the game, the Bruins have a 14-1 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 22-11.

Boston will be looking for a good game from David Pastrnak who leads the team in scoring with 39 goals, ranking 5th in the NHL. Pastrnak also comes into the game with 52 assists.

The Bruins defense is currently 6th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.3 shots per game against Boston. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 6th with 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Linus Ullmark has started 30 games in this season. His current record is 16-7, and his save percentage stands at 0.741%.