Boston Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
- Both the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are listed at odds of -108 entering their game Sunday April 25th at PPG Paints Arena
- Robert Duff won both of his Friday picks, leaving his NHL record at 26-19 (+4.23 units won)
- The Bruins ended a seven-game losing skid at Pittsburgh win a 2-1 win in their last visit there
The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh are true homers when it comes to games against each other.
Boston has lost seven of its last eight visits to Pittsburgh. The Penguins are 1-11 the last 12 times they’ve traveled to Boston.
In fact, both teams won at the other’s rink this season to end lengthy losing skids. Pittsburgh had dropped 10 in a row at Boston, while the Bruins halted a seven-game skid at Pittsburgh.
As the Bruins visit the Penguins on Sunday, despite Pittsburgh’s success at home against Boston, oddsmakers are splitting Sunday’s game right down the middle. Each team is being listed at odds of -108 in the betting line.
Bruins vs Penguins Odds
|Player||Moneyline||Spread at DraftKings||Total|
|Boston Bruins||-108||+1.5 (-295)||O 5.5 (-124)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||-108||-1.5 (+235)||U 5.5 (+102)|
Odds as of April 24th
The puck is slated to drop at 3pm ET on Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. NBC is carrying the broadcast.
Bruins Coming Off Stinker
Boston’s six-game winning streak came to a crashing halt on Friday. The Bruins fell behind 5-1 and lost 6-4 to the Buffalo Sabres, ranked 31st overall in the 31-team NHL.
Boston had allowed just seven goals during its six wins in a row. Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron (lower-body injury) didn’t play in the loss. It’s the first game he’s missed all season.
Both Bergeron and defenseman Jared Tinordi (head) are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
All three players acquired by Boston at the NHL trade deadline are playing stellar roles since arriving. Taylor Hall has posted 3-3-6 numbers in seven games. Mike Reilly is providing a steadying presence to the blueline and has four assists. Curtis Lazar is injecting some life into the Bruins’ fourth line with 1-1-2 totals.
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Penguins Taking Flight
Pittsburgh has won three in a row, four of the last five and seven of the past nine games. This will be the fourth game of a five-game homestand. The Penguins have points in nine straight home games (7-1-1) since losing 2-1 to Boston on March 16th.
The defense is going on the offense for the Penguins. Kris Letang has 17 points (2-15-17) over the past 16 games. Cody Ceci (2-9-11, 14 games), Mike Matheson (3-8-11, 11 games) and Brian Dumoulin (3-5-8, 11 games) are also carrying hot hands from the back end. Pittsburgh has garnered an NHL-best 45 points from defensemen during the month of April.
Pittsburgh is averaging a league-leading 4.25 goals per game in April . Left wing Jake Guentzel (6-11-17) and captain Sidney Crosby (6-10-16) are pacing the Penguins attack this month.
Coach Sullivan on Evgeni Malkin: “The fact that he’s practicing suggests he’s that much closer to a return to the lineup, and our guys are excited about that. … Everyone is well aware of how important he is to the team and the impact he can have on a game.”
— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) April 23, 2021
The Penguins are still without center Evgeni Malkin (lower-body injury), left wing Brandon Tanev (upper-body injury) and center Fredrick Gaudreau (lower-body injury). All three have resumed skating.
Malkin has been out for the past 19 games, while Tanev has missed 10 games and Gaudreau six. However, right wing Kasperi Kapanen has played the past two games after missing 13 with a foot injury.
The Bruins have won four of six games from the Penguins this season. The Penguins are 4-1 straight up in their past five games, but just 2-4 against the spread over their last six games.
Sunday’s contest will complete Pittsburgh’s eighth set of back-to-backs this season. So far, the Pens are 3-3-1 in the second game of back-to-backs.
A look at the play from last night where Patrice Bergeron might have been injured. pic.twitter.com/2MRxJXNCYh
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 23, 2021
Without Bergeron, his linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak were pointless and a combined minus-four in the loss to the Sabres.
Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins (-108), 1 unit
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An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.