Penguins vs Bruins Prediction - NHL Picks 3/9/24

Boston Bruins (37-13-15) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (28-25-8)

Game Info: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 3:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Bruins -159 / Pittsburgh Penguins +126 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins face off on Saturday in an NHL showdown at TD Garden. 

How Do the Penguins Bounce Back?

The Penguins faced off against the Washington Capitals on Thursday and it was an awful game. They gave up four goals in second period and they couldn’t bounce back. The Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals while their defense is giving up 2.83 goals per game. The offense is ranked 23rd while the defense is ranked 9th. Sidney Crosby has scored 32 goals and added 31 assists so far this season. 

Bruins Look to Build on Last Game

The Bruins haven’t been exactly elite the last couple of weeks, but they are coming off a win on Thursday. The Bruins scored four goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs and they ended up winning by three. Two games ago against the Edmonton Oilers they lost 2-1 in overtime. The Bruins are averaging 3.29 goals while their defense is giving up 2.69 goals per game. The defense is ranked 4th in the league and the defense is going to need to step up here. David Pastrnak has scored 49 goals and added 52 assists. 

Boston Bruins Player Prop Facts

  • David Pastrnak has scored at least one goal in each of his last three appearances against the Penguins at TD Garden.
  • Trent Frederic has recorded at least one point in seven of the Bruins' last eight day games.
  • Trent Frederic has recorded an assist in four of the Bruins' last five day games.
  • David Pastrnak ranks 2nd in the league for multi-point games (31) this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Sidney Crosby has scored at least one goal in each of the Penguins' last three day games.
  • Erik Karlsson has recorded at least one assist in seven of his last eight appearances in day games.
  • Sidney Crosby has recorded at least one point in each of the Penguins' last six day games.
  • Marcus Pettersson ranks T2nd in the Metropolitan Division for Plus/Minus (+20) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Boston Bruins are one of three teams to rank in the top 10 for both goals scored and goals conceded per game this season.
  • The Boston Bruins rank 4th in the league for goals against per game this season (2.69).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 28th in the league in power play percentage this season (15.05%).
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins rank 6th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (82.26%).

Penguins vs Bruins Betting Prediction

The Bruins are going to have no issue in this game. The Penguins gave up five goals in the last game, and they are going to struggle with the defense again here.  The Bruins are averaging 3.29 goals, and they are going to have no issue running up the score. The Penguins aren’t going to be keeping up, and the Bruins are going to get the job done. Back the Bruins on the money line to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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