Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins - 4/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins (45-24-5) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (43-22-11)

Game Info: Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 12:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -118 / Pittsburgh Penguins -110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins in Saturday NHL Action

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 45-24-5. Through 74 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 231 times, good for a rank of 15th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.7 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 43-22-11. This mark places them 3rd in the Metropolitan division. Through 76 games, the Penguins have scored 253 goals, giving them an average of 3.29. This output gives them a rank of 8th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 10th-ranked unit, giving up 2.71 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Pittsburgh's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 74 games, the Boston Bruins' leading goal scorer is David Pastrnak. With his 33 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 71. On the season, he is turning 12.5% 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 74 games, he has come up with 31 goals on a shooting percentage of 14.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +9. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.57 goals per game.

Through 76 games, Pittsburgh's leading goal scorer is Jake Guentzel. With his 37 goals and 41 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 78. On the season, he is turning 15.1% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Penguins have benefited from the strong play of Sidney Crosby, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Pittsburgh's 76 games, he has come up with 29 goals on a shooting percentage of 15.5%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +18.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.42 goals per game. In his 58 games played, he has turned in 35 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Boston's 74 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 34-34-6. So far, the team has been less likely to go over the betting line when playing on the road, going just 16-18-3. On the season, 54.0% of Boston's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Bruins. In Pittsburgh's 76 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 38-37-1. So far, taking the over when the Penguins are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-16. On the season, 57.0% of Pittsburgh's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 55% of the scoring coming from the Penguins. Look for this matchup to surpass the line of 6 goals, as even though the Bruins have a strong defensive unit, Pittsburgh should be able to muster enough offense to help surpass this number.

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