Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins NHL Picks 11/4/2019
Monday, November 4, 2019
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (10-1-2, 1st in the Atlantic Division) play the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-1, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) at TD Garden on Monday, November 4, 2019. The Penguins open this matchup at +151 while the Bruins are coming in at -167. The over/under has been set at 6. The Penguins are covering 57.1% of the time, having gone 8-6 SU. The Bruins are covering 142.9% of the time, going 10-3 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins head into this game holding a record of 8 victories and 5 losses, which puts them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have converted a total of 47 goals which is good for 6th in the East and 9th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +14, which puts them at 3rd in the NHL. The Penguins currently have a total of 17 pts, which is good for 16th in the NHL and 8th in the East. When it comes to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 472 which is good for 4th in the Eastern Conference and 9th in the NHL. As a group, Pittsburgh has obtained a total of 322 hits which means they have an average of 23 per contest. They currently have a total of 140 blocks for this year. Protecting the net for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 25 years old and has racked up 663 minutes protecting the net this year. Murray is allowing an average of 2.17 goals per game which has him ranked 5th among East goaltenders and 7th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he's given up 24 goals. He has a save % of .924 which has him ranked 6th among East goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to clean up some issues after taking a 2 - 1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in their previous contest. The Penguins had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this loss. In this game, they converted 1 out of the 52 shots they put on goal. Moreover, they had 5 power play opportunities but weren't able to net one. Pittsburgh ended up with a total of 4 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 58 and the Corsi against was 27 giving them a Corsi percentage of 68.2%. Their Fenwick was 45 and the Fenwick against sat at 21, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 68.2%. They took 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 26 of all total face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 59.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 87.5 in this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Edmonton Oilers tallied a total of 28 shots. They finished with a total of 10 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 2 power play chances.
The Bruins are the team looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 10 victories and 1 defeat. In discussing goal differential, they are sitting 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the league with +20. They have compiled a total of 46 goals for this season which has them at 7th in the conference. Boston has a team save percentage of .934 which currently has them sitting 1st in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.5% which puts them at 7th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having a solid season by allowing only 1.49 goals per game and that places him 1st in the East and 1st among goalies in the NHL. In the 484 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has given up 12 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .949, which has him ranked 1st in the East and 1st among goalies in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins played the Ottawa Senators in a game where the Bruins earned a win by a tally of 5 - 2. While out there on the ice, Boston went home with a 50.0% Corsi rating. They earned that percentage by having a Corsi of 34 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 34. Their Fenwick rate was 53.1% with a Fenwick of 26 and the Senators earning a 23 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Boston had and it was a good performance overall. Their PDO was 106.7 and they had an oZS percentage of 47.8%. The Bruins netted 5 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and were able to convert 2 out of those opportunities. In discussing their opponent, the Senators had 5 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Boston gave up 32 shots on goal and the Senators ended up with 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+151)
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