Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, 4/25/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Bruins (-105) Penguins (-115)
Casey DeSmith and the Pittsburgh Penguins (30-14-3) host the Boston Bruins (27-13-6) at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday. The line on this matchup has the Bruins priced at -105 and the Penguins are at -115. The total has been set at 6.
The Bruins will look to clean up some issues after taking a 6-4 loss against the Sabres the last time they stepped on the ice. The Corsi for the Bruins was sitting at 68 and the Corsi against when the final whistle blew was 42 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 61.8%. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 49.4% and they had a PDO of 96.9 for this game. Boston accrued 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Bruins had a solid offensive output and it showed in the defeat. Their Fenwick was 53 and the Fenwick against was 35, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 60.2%. They totaled 34 face-off victories at even strength and lost on 27 attempts to win the face-off. Moreover, they had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to notch a goal. In the game, they converted 4 out of the 40 shots they put on goal.
The Bruins have had 1,282 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .910. While playing at even strength, the Bruins have conceded 92 goals while having 103 on offense. Boston Bruins opponents have 161 power play opportunities (1st in the NHL) and have notched 23 goals in those chances. For the year, they have tallied 60 points and their points % is .652. Boston has taken 1,508 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.8%. When it comes to their scoring capabilities, the Boston Bruins have racked up 132 goals (14th in the league) this year and have conceded 115. Boston has accounted for 139 power play opportunities and they have tallied 29 goals out of those advantages, earning them a rate of 20.86%.
The player in the crease for this game is Jaroslav Halak. Opponents have been able to score 1,280 goals versus Halak in his NHL career and his goals against average per game is 2.48. Halak has taken the ice for 537 games throughout his pro hockey career. His save percentage is at .916 for his 30,972 mins in the crease. He has accumulated a mark of 281-172-61 and he started in 500 games. In his career, Halak has compiled 283 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .566. Halak has seen 15,288 shots against him and has recorded 14,008 total saves.
In their last outing, Pittsburgh went up against the Devils in a matchup where the Penguins notched a win by a mark of 5-1. Their PDO at even strength was 116 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 55.0%. They had 1 opportunity on the power play in this contest but didn't score a goal. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 47.1% by accumulating a Fenwick of 32 and the Devils ending the game with a 36 Fenwick. The Penguins had 5 goals of the 23 shots on goal they took. Pittsburgh wound up with a 48.3% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Pittsburgh had and they put on a good performance in this one.
For the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have 161 goals, 63 points, in addition to a points percentage of .670. They have permitted 132 goals to be scored by of a combination of 100 goals at even strength and 32 goals while they were shorthanded. The Penguins have scored 131 goals at even strength and 30 goals (12th in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have recorded 132 power play opportunities and they have a power play percentage of 22.73%. Pittsburgh has attempted 1,406 shots (13th in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 11.45%, while allowing the opposition 1,391 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 77.30% on their oppositions 141 power play chances, and their save percentage is currently 90.5%.
Across the rink you will find Casey DeSmith in net. DeSmith has accrued a lifetime mark of 31-21-6 and has participated in 68 games. DeSmith's rate of quality starts is 58.9% and he has made 33 quality starts in his pro hockey career. He is sitting with 1,727 saves out of the 1,886 shots tried, which gives him a percentage of .916. Teams are averaging 2.60 goals per game and he has yielded 159 goals in total. He has made the start in 56 contests and has played for a total of 3,676 minutes.
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Tony's Pick: Take Boston (-105)
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