Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins 2/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

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Boston Bruins (26-14-3) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (27-11-8)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -125 / Pittsburgh Penguins +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Bruins face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Tuesday NHL action.

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this road contest with an overall record of 27-11-8. Through 46 games the Penguins are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, The Pens have found the net 154 times, good for a rank of 6th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Pittsburgh is the 9th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.59 goals per game. So far, the Penguins have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 10th ranked team in the NHL.

The Boston Bruins get set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins with an overall record of 26-14-3. This mark places them 4th in the Atlantic division. Through 43 games, the Bruins have scored 131 goals, giving them an average of 3.02. This output gives the Bruins a rank of 18th among NHL teams. On defense, the B’s are the 5th ranked unit, giving up 2.77 goals per contest. So far, they have played the 26th toughest schedule in the

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league. And, when taking into account their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 15th in the NHL.

Through 40 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins' goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel with 46 points. He has reached his mark of 23 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.8%. So far, 22.0% of Guentzel’s goals have come during power play time. Behind Jake is Kris Letang who has 36 assists to go along with his 5 goals. While on the ice, Letang’s offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +16.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry who is giving up an average of 2.21 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 22 quality starts. Giving Jarry a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 43 games, Boston's leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. With his 22 goals and 21 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 43. On the season Pastrnak is turning 11.7% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Bruins have benefited from the strong play of Brad Marchand who is the team's overall leader in points. In Boston’s 43 games, Marchaund has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 18.4%.

On the season, Boston has an above .500 record against the spread, going 25-17 So far, the Bruins have been a good bet at home as they have covered in 14 of their 23 games at TD Garden. On the season, the Boston Bruins have a per-game scoring differential of 0.26. When playing at home, Boston is winning games by an average margin of 0.47 goals. Look for the Bruins to pick up a win and to cover the spread against a struggling Pittsburgh team that has won just once in their past five games.

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Joe’s Pick Boston Bruins -125

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