Hockey fans are generally split into two different, very distinct camps. There are those that love defensive battles where the goaltenders make huge save after huge save, and then there are some who love to see the lamp getting lit with stunning regularity. For those in the latter camp, there is a match-up on Wednesday night that promises to deliver goals. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins are batting to maintain their current playoff spots, and both are looking to do so by launching all-out attacks every single night. This is a game that should really be considered a must watch, and the fact that it is on national TV on NBCSN means that everyone can tune in. The only thing that would make this game better is being able to cash a winning ticket at the end of it, so be sure to check your NHL online wagers soon.
Penguins vs Bruins Pro Hockey Spread Report
When: Wednesday, February 24
Where: TD Garden, Boston
TV: NBCSN at 7:30 PM EST
Radio: WXBX and WZLX
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins
During the first half of the season, the Penguins (30-20-8) looked like a team in total disarray. They have arguably one of the best offensive units in the league, yet they were struggling to find the net with any type of regularity. Their poor play resulted in a coaching change being made, and they have since thrived under new coach Mike Sullivan, and are now in possession of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. More importantly, the goals are starting to go in again, and the Penguins are once more a team to be reckoned with. The Pens are 13-11-4 on the road this season, and have picked up points in each of their last 4 games away from home. They are also in possession of a 12-5-3 record versus teams from the Atlantic Division. Pittsburgh are averaging 2.6 GPG, and are giving up 2.5 GPG.
Why bet on the Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins (32-22-6) are currently one of the most exciting teams to watch in the league, as it seems they are prepared to get into offensive shootouts every single night. The problem they are encountering is that this open style of play is coming with mixed results. Their last 2 games are a perfect example of what I am talking about, as they followed up a 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars with a 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. They cannot afford to be so giving on the defensive end of the ice, as that is usually something that leads to a very early exit in the playoffs. The Bruins are just 12-15-3 on home ice this season, and are 10-5-1 overall against teams from the Metropolitan Division. Boston are averaging 3.0 GPG, and are giving up 2.8 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Boston have won both previous meetings with the Penguins this season, but those wins came at a time when Pittsburgh was struggling. I see a lot of goals in this one, and I like the Pens to come away with the win.