The Pittsburgh Penguins got just what they needed against the Dallas Stars. They were looking for something to change the outlook and mojo in Pittsburgh, and they got that with a 5-1 blowout over the Stars. It was 5-0 until the Pens took their foot off the gas pedal and just put it into cruise control. The Stars looked like they were caught off guard by the Penguins, who were looking lifeless with four losses in a row and a record of 2-9 in their previous eleven games.
The win over the Stars gave the Pens their third win since October 30th, which is not what comes to mind for a team who has won two Stanley Cups in the last decade. Their last Cup came just a couple of years ago, so it wasn’t that long ago that they were celebrating a championship. The Capitals finally broke out of a long slump against the Pens in the playoffs last season.
Meanwhile, the Bruins were shot down in overtime by the Red Wings in overtime on Wednesday. Bad loss for the Bruins, who took a 2-1 lead early in the 3rd period, but weren’t able to hold on and close the Wings out. Rask coughed up a goal and then Anthanasiou buried the Bruins in overtime.
They’ve had their games this season where they just look disinterested in playing. Boston have lost three of their last four games after they were dispatched in Detroit, as well as five of their last ten games for a .500 record. After going 4-1 to open the season, the Bruins have gone 7-9 since. If you recall, they got demolished by the Capitals in the season opener, 7-0, and then put together a streak of four wins in a row. They return home after a four-game road trip to play a Penguins team looking for more. Head below for our free Penguins vs. Bruins pick.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins Pick
The different emotions that Bruins’ fans have gone through over the last decade have been up, down, and everywhere in between. They won the Stanley Cup over the Canucks back in 2011, their first since 1970. It’s been a roller coaster of a team since then, with a trip to the Final in 2013 only to lose to the Blackhawks and getting shut out of the playoffs completely in some years. In 2018-19, it’s tough to really know where this season is going for them.
They will probably be a team who just gets a seat in the playoffs, but we’ll see what transpires. They have been good against the Pens, though, especially in Boston where they’ve gone 5-0 in their last five meetings. In their previous four meetings overall, Boston have scored an average of 5.25 goals per game on the Pens. Not good news for a Pens team who are allowing 3.25 goals per game for 24th in the NHL and will be without Matt Murray in net. Murray is heading to the IR as a result of a lower-body injury. The Penguins have struggled defensively this season, though still maintain a top-5 offence with 3.45 goals per game.
Casey DeSmith will get the call between the pipes in Boston tonight. DeSmith has made just one appearance against the Bruins in his career and it wasn’t a lasting memory for him. He got hit hard with 5 goals allowed and just 2 saves, which equates to a 33.03 GAA and 0.40 save percentage. The Bruins have averaged 3.55 goals per game at home this season. The OVER has been a successful bet in the past few years between the Penguins and Bruins. It has gone 8-0 with an average of 8 goals scored per game in total. Friday night should provide another high-scoring final tally in Boston at TD Garden.