- The Boston Bruins Battle the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, April 21st
- The Bruins defeated the Penguins 2-1 in Boston on Saturday, April 16th
- See below for the Bruins vs Penguins odds, prediction and NHL best bet
Eastern Conference heavyweights for the past decade, the Bruins and Penguins are limping down the home stretch as the playoffs approach. Just five days after the Bruins beat Pittsburgh 2-1, the two teams go head-to-head again with puck drop scheduled for 7pm ET at PPG Paints Arena.
As the home side, the Penguins are slight moneyline favorites in the Thursday NHL odds. Sidney Crosby and company have dropped six of their last eight coming into this contest.
Let’s take a look at all the Bruins vs Penguins odds and offer you our best NHL bet and prediction for this Eastern Conference affair.
Bruins vs Penguins Odds
|Game Time||Team||Moneyline||Puck Line||Total|
|Thursday, April 21st||Boston Bruins||+100||+1.5 (-245)||O 6 (-107)|
|7pm ET||Pittsburgh Penguins||-121||-1.5 (+195)||U 6 (-113)|
Odds as of April 20th at Barstool Sportsbook
These two teams are fairly evenly matched and with Boston just having defeated the Pens, the oddsmakers feel Pittsburgh will return the favor. With moneyline odds of -121, the Penguins have an implied win probability of 54.75%.
Bruins Going Under Total in Recent Games
Scoring has been an issue for the Bruins of late, partly due to the absence of sniper David Pastrnak. Boston has scored just 16 goals in seven games without their leading goal scorer, an average of 2.29 per game.
On the injury front, Linus Ullmark is expected back for the Bruins this weekend. It’s a little less clear with Hampus Lindholm and David Pastrnak, but all three practiced in Boston today 🐻🏒🏆 https://t.co/mSd5ulgvHC
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 20, 2022
While that can kind of output would land most teams in a slump, they’ve managed a 3-4 record in those contests. Jeremy Swayman, who was making a big push in the Calder Trophy odds last month, is expected to get the start against Pittsburgh. The rookie netminder has the fifth-best goals against average in the NHL.
The Bruins clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 win against the Penguins. Trent Frederic and Erik Haula scored 1:12 apart in the first period.https://t.co/Tjk5cyPgzB
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) April 16, 2022
The Bruins have failed to go over the total in their last six games, hitting the under four times and pushing twice. In their 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday, the teams combined for just 53 shots on net in a low-scoring affair.
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Penguins Missing Key Players vs Bruins
While the Pens don’t have a long list of players out, the two guys they are missing are crucial components to the team. Evgeni Malkin is serving the last of a four-game suspension for cross checking Mark Borowiecki in the mouth. More concerning, is number one netminder Tristan Jarry, who is out week-to-week with a foot fracture.
It’s unknown whether Jarry will be available for the start of the playoffs. After struggling through parts of last season, he’s bounced back this year, and garnered consideration in the Vezina Trophy odds. Even with the status of their starting goalie up in the air, the Penguins remain in the top 10 of the Stanley Cup odds.
Tristan Jarry being out week-to-week will potentially be their biggest test yet as the Penguins enter the final stretch of the regular season.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 16, 2022
This could be the last dance for the triumvirate of Crosby, Malkin and Kris Letang, with the latter two pending unrestricted free agents. A 3-6-1 record in their last 10 is cause for concern and with only five games left in the season, Pittsburgh is desperate for a win against the Bruins.
Bruins vs Penguins Recent Results
|04/16/2022||BOS 2 – PIT 1||BOS||PIT||Under|
|02/08/2022||BOS 2 – PIT 4||PIT||PIT||Over|
|04/27/2021||PIT 1 – BOS 3||BOS||BOS||Under|
|04/25/2021||PIT 1 – BOS 0||PIT||PIT||Under|
|04/03/2021||BOS 7 – PIT 5||BOS||BOS||Over|
In the last 10 meetings between these two squads, they’ve gone under the total eight times. They’ve combined for an average of 4.9 goals per game in those ten matchups.
Bruins vs Penguins Pick & Prediction
On the heels of a low-scoring game between Boston and Pittsburgh, a lot of the trends point to the under once again in the Bruins vs Penguins Thursday NHL odds.
At an even six goals, the juice on the under is pretty attractive at -113. A better option is to bet on the Pens to get a much-needed victory. With Washington breathing down their necks, a loss would make them the most likely team to join Boston in a Wild Card playoff position.
Watching Sidney Crosby is a thing of beauty pic.twitter.com/GFWxgqao9c
— Chris Hoffman (@NewsmanChris) April 15, 2022
These teams often exchange wins and losses. The team that lost the previous meeting between these two has gone on to get revenge and win the next game the last eight times. Expect the same to happen here and take the Penguins on the moneyline at Barstool Sportsbook.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins Moneyline (-121)
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