Penguins vs Bruins Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/16/2020
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (+123) Bruins (-136)
Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-12-5, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to TD Garden on Thursday where they'll take on the Boston Bruins (27-9-12, 1st in the Atlantic Division). The Bruins open this game at -136 while the Penguins are priced at +123. The O/U opens at 6. The Penguins are covering 60.5% of the time, having gone 26-17 SU. The Bruins are covering 56.3% of the time, going 27-21 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins head into this game holding a record of 29 wins and 12 losses, which is good for 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 158 goals which ranks them 6th in the East and 7th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +33, which is good for 2nd in the NHL. The Penguins currently have a total of 63 pts, which ranks them 4th in the NHL and 3rd in the conference. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,511 which ranks them 6th in the Eastern Conference and 11th in the NHL. As a team, Pittsburgh currently has a total of 1,234 hits which means they are averaging 26.8 per contest. They currently have a total of 521 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 24 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,329 minutes minding the net this year. Jarry is giving up 2.12 goals per game which has him sitting 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has allowed 47 goals. He has a save % of .930 which has him sitting 2nd in the Eastern Conference.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the winning side of the scoreboard with a 7 - 3 win over the Minnesota Wild in their previous game. The Penguins had a great offensive game plan going into this one and it showed in the win. For this game, they netted 7 of the 29 shots they tried. They also had 4 power play opportunities and scored 2 goals out of those chances. Pittsburgh ended up with 4 penalty mins for this matchup. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 33 and the Corsi against was 34 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 49.3%. Their Fenwick was 31 and the Fenwick against sat at 28, which means they had a rate of 52.5%. They took 22 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 24 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 66.7% and they had a PDO of 113.0 for this one. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Minnesota Wild racked up 29 shots. They ended the game with 8 minutes in the box and they had 2 power play opportunities.
The Bruins will be looking to add points to their total and for the campaign they have 27 wins and 9 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are sitting 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the NHL with +38. They currently have a total of 159 goals for the season which has them sitting at 5th in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a save % as a team of .919 which currently has them ranked 3rd in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 10.6% which is good for 6th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Boston is Jaroslav Halak who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.49 GAA and that ranks him 7th in the East and 13th in the NHL. In the 1,277 minutes he's played this year, he has allowed 53 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .919, which puts him at 8th in the East and 16th in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins squared up with the Columbus Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Bruins ended up taking the loss by a final score of 3 - 0. For this game, Boston earned a 60.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 53 while the opposition had a Corsi of 35. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 57.6% by notching a Fenwick of 38 and the Blue Jackets earning a 28 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Boston played and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO of 91.3 and their percentage of oZS was 47.8%. The Bruins netted 0 goals of the 34 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play chances in this one but weren't able to notch a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Blue Jackets had 2 power play chances and ended up scoring 1 goal. Boston allowed 27 shots on goal and the Blue Jackets racked up a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+123)
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