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Bruins Penguins Betting Predictions – Bruins, Penguins Set To Clash In Potential East Finals Preview

Posted by Don Melrose on 3/10/2013 7:07:26 PM

The Boston Bruins have the best road record in the Eastern Conference so far this season. That mark will be tested against one of the league’s best teams. The Bruins visit a Pittsburgh Penguins’ team they are chasing at the top of the standings Monday night, in what could very well be a sports betting preview of this year’s conference finals. It will be the first of three meetings between these teams over the next five weeks, and neither will want to give up the early edge in what projects to be a very physical season series.

Boston Bruins @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Tuesday March 12, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NHL Sportsbook Line: Pittsburgh – 130

The biggest test for Boston will be its ability to contain one of the league’s most explosive offenses, as Pittsburgh averaged over five goals per game over three-straight wins heading in to this past weekend and leads the league in scoring. The Bruins don’t have the same firepower as the Penguins, but they do have weapons and are a much better defensive team.

NHL Betting Preview: Boston Bruins

A line featuring Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Tyler Seguin has taken over as Boston’s highest-scoring line, even if it isn’t technically listed as the No. 1 on the depth chart. Marchand has scored a team-high 12 goals and is tied with Bergeron for a team-high 21 points, and the line has been just as responsible defensively as any in the league. The top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton hasn’t scored at the same pace, but is much more physical and has the ability to wear opponents down. Tuukka Rask ranks among the league leaders in goals against average with a 2.03 mark, and is 11-2-3 overall this online betting season.

NHL Betting Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

It will be interesting to see how Penguins’ head coach Dan Bylsma decides to match up against the Bruins, and whether he decides to keep his stars away from some of the bigger lines or fights fire with fire. Sidney Crosby has looked as good as ever after dealing with concussion issues last season, with a team-high 39 points on a line with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. Shutting down the Crosby line is much more difficult with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal on the best second line in hockey. However, if Pittsburgh does have a weakness it is at its own end, where it is allowing an average of three goals per game, which ranks them 23rd in the NHL in that department.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Penguins have incredible scoring potential, but their fourth-ranked powerplay will go up against the best penalty kill in the NHL, and Boston matches up very well with them at even-strength. Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun have each had their share of struggles already this season, and if the Bruins can get some early goals, they can make it very tough for Pittsburgh to score goals by collapsing in front of Rask and closing them out.

NHL Betting Pick: Boston Bruins

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