The NHL is set up with another great night of action throughout April 3. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these matchups will be between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins. These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 1:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
The Penguins have earned a record of 24-11-2 to this point in the season, which has them tied for the top spot in the East Division. Pittsburgh is tied with the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders and will look to create some distance with a win. The Penguins have won five in a row entering this one and will look to keep the winning streak up.
Boston has put up a record of 18-10-5 throughout this season, which has them in fourth place of the East Division. The Bruins are only three points ahead of the Flyers and the Rangers. Boston will look to keep up their hold on the final playoff spot with a win in this one. The Bruins are coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last five.
These two teams are both sitting in playoff spots to this point in the season, which should lead to a good game on Saturday afternoon. Pittsburgh is higher up in the standings and have been really hot as of late. The Bruins have struggled to find some momentum recently, but will look to earn a much needed win in this one. I expect both teams to try and come out quickly as they look for a big win.
The Penguins and the Bruins have met up five times so far this season. Boston hosted the first two games on January 26 and 28. Charlie McAvoy had three assists in the first game, while Tuukka Rask stopped 28 of 30 shots. The Bruins earned a 3-2 win on the night. Patrice Bergeron scored twice in the second game to help lead Boston to a 4-1 win at home.
Pittsburgh hosted the third and fourth game of the season series on March 15 and 16. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists, while Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist. The Penguins bounced back with a 4-1 win in the third game. Trent Frederic and David Pastrnak both scored in the fourth game to help propel the Bruins to a 2-1 win on the road.
The fifth and most recent game of the season series shifted back to Boston on April 1. Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins, but it was not enough. Zack Aston-Reese, Mike Matheson, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel all had a goal for Pittsburgh. Casey DeSmith finished with 30 saves on 31 shots as the Penguins earned a 4-1 win on the road.
These two teams have bene solid throughout this season series. Boston has been able to win three of the five games against the Penguins. The Bruins will look to bounce back with a win in this one after taking a tough loss against Pittsburgh. The Penguins will look to carry momentum over from their win on Thursday night into this matchup.
Pittsburgh has been solid on the power play throughout this season. The Penguins have scored on 22 of their 107 power play attempts, which is a 20.6 percent success rate. Pittsburgh has struggled a bit on the penalty kill though. The Penguins have given up 24 goals on their opponents 112 power play chances, which is a 78.6 percent penalty kill.
The Bruins have been really strong on both sides of special teams throughout this season. Boston has capitalized on 23 of their 101 power play opportunities, which is a 22.8 percent power play. The Bruins have killed off 95 of the 106 penalties against them, which is an 89.6 percent kill rate. Boston will look to keep up their success on special teams in this one.
Boston has been strong on both sides of special teams throughout this season, which could give them the edge in this one. The Bruins have had the better power play and penalty kill. Pittsburgh will need their penalty kill to step up in this one if they want to hold off Boston’s power play. If the Bruins can break through on the power play and hold off the Penguins, it could be enough to earn a win in this one.
Tristan Jarry will likely get the start between the pipes for Pittsburgh in this one. Jarry has started in 25 games this season, going 15-8-2 in those games. He has put up a save percentage of .910 and a 2.79 GAA throughout his starts. Jarry’s last start was against the New York Islanders, where he stopped 29 of 32 shots in the winning effort.
I expect Jaroslav Halak to get the nod in the crease for the Bruins on Saturday afternoon. Halak has earned a record of 8-5-3 throughout his games played. He has posted a .916 save percentage and a GAA of 2.27. Halak finished with 31 saves on 35 shots in his last start against the New Jersey Devils, which was enough to earn the win.
These two goalies have put up similar numbers throughout this season, with Halak having a slight edge in the crease. Boston will need Halak to bounce back after putting up a subpar save percentage in his last start. Jarry is coming off a strong series against the Islanders and will look to carry momentum into this one. If either goalie can get hot early, it could be enough to help their team earn the win.
These two teams have been solid throughout this season, which should lead to a good game on Saturday. The Penguins have been stronger throughout this season, but Boston has the edge in the season series. I think the Bruins can keep that up with a win at home in this one. The Bruins will look to come out fast in this one as they try to end Pittsburgh’s winning streak.
BetOnline has Boston listed as a -117 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Bruins will win this game around 53.9 percent of the time. I agree with this line as Boston is at home. The Bruins have struggled to find momentum as of late, but if their special teams can take over in this one, it could help them get back on track. I like the value on the Bruins as slight favorites at home.