Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins will face each other in Tuesday’s action of the NHL 2021-22. The hosts look forward to stabilizing their form and staying in the top four. The away side has been on a poor run, and they want to bounce back with a win.
Boston hasn’t been too consistent lately, but they are still on the right track to the playoffs. However, they need to do better in the upcoming period and secure a post-season ticket. On the other hand, Pittsburgh entered a series of defeats. Nevertheless, the visitors can still challenge the pole position in their division.
Boston Bruins – Can they remain on the playoffs track?
Despite not being too confident lately, the Bruins still sit in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. They are at a 26-14-3 record, being nine points ahead of the Devils and having four games in hand. However, Boston booked two wins in the previous three rounds, but they lost only twice on the home once on the last eight occasions. The Bruins go to this match after beating the Kraken 3-2 thanks to David Pastrnak’s brace and an assist.
Brad Marchand leads the Bruins’ offense with a total of 49 points, including a team-high 28 assists. David Pastrnak tops the goalscoring charts with 22 goals, while he has produced 43 points. Patrice Bergeron has contributed with 34 points, including 22 assists, while three other skaters chipped in with 20+ points. On the other hand, Linus Ullmark is a goalie with the most appearances for Boston – 24. He has a solid 9.13 save percentage, allowing 2.64 goals per contest. Jeremy Swayman has also been good between the pipes, conceding 2.31 goals per match on 16 appearances.
Expected Line-Up: Linus Ullmark, Derek Forbort, Charlie McAvoy, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak
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Pittsburgh Penguins – Will they break their losing streak?
After losing four times in a row, the Penguins slipped to 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division. Nevertheless, they are only three points behind the Hurricanes and still have the chance to reach the pole position. Pittsburgh stands at a 27-11-8 record and will enter the post-season very likely. Interestingly, the Penguins suffered all four defeats on the home ice, and two of them came after overtime. The Capitals beat them 4-3 in their latest match, while Pittsburgh’s 47 shots and Bryan Rust’s brace weren’t enough for a positive result.
Jake Guentzel is the team’s top scorer with 23 goals, while he has also produced the biggest number of points – 46. Kris Letang has contributed with 41 points, including a team-high 36 assists, while Sidney Crosby has also reached a 40-point mark. Evan Rodrigues and Bryan Rust have 32 points each, while two other skaters chipped in with 24 or more points. On the goal, Tristan Jarry has spent most of the time between the pipes, making 37 appearances. He has allowed only 2.21 goals per match, having a very good .923 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Tristan Jarry, Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust
Expert Pick #1 – Bruins to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-135
When these two teams face each other, the home side has celebrated a win in most cases. I believe that trend will continue here as well, especially since the Penguins have been on a very poor run lately. Although the Bruins haven’t been convincing either, I’ll back them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 5.5 @-125
Both teams have been involved in high-scoring matches lately, and I anticipate another efficient game on Tuesday evening. The Over cashed in six of both teams’ last nine games, and I’ll take it as my second bet here as well.
Expert Pick #3 – Bruins to Win & Both Teams Over 1.5 @+250
This pick is a pretty risky one, but I fancy the odds, so why not try it for a lower stake? I see the home side winning here, but if we combine it with both teams to score two or more goals, we can get very lucrative returns.