Eastern Conference Seeding on Line
The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins both have clinched their spot for the playoffs. With just 10 days to go in the season, they are now faced with getting wins to determine seeding in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have had their ups and downs lately and look to catch fire before playoff time.
The Bruins are fourth in the Atlantic Division with 99 points and hold the top wild card spot. They just one point behind the third-place Tampa Bay Lightning. The Penguins are tied with the Washington Capitals for third in the Metropolitan Division with 97 points.
Bruins Need Scoring
The Boston Bruins are on the cusp of the third spot in the Atlantic Division as they look to get out of their WC1 spot heading into the playoffs. Injuries haven’t made that easy for them as they will likely be without star David Pastrnak, Hampus Lindholm and Linus Ullmark for Thursdayt’s game.
In the past five games, the Bruins have struggled to find the back of the net, scoring just 11 goals. This struggle has also affected star Brad Marchand who, has been held without a goal in the last eight games and just one goal in the month of April. Without Pastrank, Marchand will need to end his goal-scoring drought.
Penguins: Struggles in Net
The Pittsburgh Penguins have struggled as of late with just two wins in their last five games as they look to hold off the Capitals. Seeking their third straight home win, the Penguins plan on keeping up the goal scoring and cleaning up their act in net.
In the last five games, the Penguins have allowed 18 goals. Casey DeSmith and Tristian Jarry have been splitting time, with DeSmith getting the nod in three of the last five games. Both own a goals-against average below 2.90 and need to get back on the right track.
With Evgeni Malkin still out on suspension for one more game, the Penguins will need help from Jake Guentzel and Sidney Crosby, who both have eight points in their last five games. As a team, the Penguins have scored 3.40 goals per game in the last five games.
Bruins vs Penguins Head-to-Head
The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins have faced off twice this season, both in Boston. The Bruins evened the season series with a 2-1 home win on Saturday.
Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman started in both meetings while DeSmith and Jarry split starts, with DeSmith getting the nod in the April 16 game. The Bruins were moneyline favorites in both games while the over/under is 1-1.
Bruins vs Penguins Game Information
- Game: Bruins (47-24-5) vs Penguins (43-23-11)
- Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NHL.TV
Bruins vs Penguins Betting Lines
Bruins vs Penguins Prediction
The current NHL betting lines for tonight’s matchup has the Pittsburgh Penguins as moneyline favorites at -125. With Pastrank among Boston’s injured players, it makes sense why odds lean to the Penguins. Both teams have just two wins in their last five games and look to add some wins before playoffs start.
With their last meeting just five days ago that resulted in a 2-1 Bruins win, these two teams are quite familiar with each other. Looking to clean up their act in net and earn their third straight home win, back the Penguins this game.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Penguins at -125 as they look to take the season series win.