There is a full slate of action on the ice Tuesday night following a slow go of it on Monday. There was only one game on the docket as the Vancouver Canucks blasted the Ottawa Senators by a score of 7-1. The Senators paid Matt Murray to sign in Ottawa, and he was a major disappointment on Monday evening. Murray allowed 7 goals on 35 shots for a 0.80 save percentage.
After serving as a starter and backup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Murray is going to find out that life is a lot tougher playing on a bad team than what he’s been accustomed to. Brandon Sutter potted a hat-trick to lead the Canucks on the scoresheet. There are a lot more options on board tonight, with 13 games on the schedule Tuesday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins meet in an interesting matchup in the East Division. It’s always a must-watch event when the Penguins and Bruins clash. The Penguins are looking to continue their hot run, and add another win to make it five wins in a row. They got a late goal on Sunday to edge out the New York Rangers, 3-2. It’s their fourth straight win, and fourth straight win by a goal.
The Penguins are going into Tuesday night with a record of 4-2-0 and eight points. They opened the season in poor form, but have flipped around a winless start and can advance to 5-2-0 tonight. Despite their nice run, I’m not particularly high on the Penguins. They are good, but this isn’t the same Stanley Cup contender that we’ve seen in the past. A win on the road over a contender like the Bruins would serve them well, though.
Boston is fresh off a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. It was a complete performance by the Bruins, as Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both found the back of the net twice. The Bruins are looking to add three wins in a row, which also includes a 5-4 win over the Flyers on Thursday in a shootout. They head into Tuesday with a record of 4-2-0 and eight points. Head below for our free Penguins vs. Bruins pick on January 26, 2021.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins NHL Betting Odds:
Penguins vs. Bruins Prediction:
The Penguins have been lighting the red lamp with ease this season. They have been scoring at an impressive clip, with at least 3 goals scored in five of six outings. The Penguins have notched an average of 3.2 goals per game for 13th in the NHL. Pittsburgh has been consistent in that regard, and that’s all you can really ask for.
Sidney Crosby leads the Pens in scoring with 3 goals and 4 assists. The key in Pittsburgh is obviously Crosby staying healthy. If he can stay on the ice, then the Penguins will continue to be a contender, though pushing deep in the playoffs is likely going to be a problem.
The other asset that the Penguins need is a hot goaltender. Tristan Jarry has struggled in his first season as the full time starter. Matt Murray is in Ottawa now, as the Penguins felt comfortable giving Jarry the keys to the crease. Jarry has not been on his game, as he’s posted a 4.28 GAA and 0.849 save percentage through four games.
The Penguins’ defence better be ready this time, because they have failed to answer the call against the Bruins in recent meetings. The Bruins have throttled the Pens for 13 goals in their last three for an average of 4.3 goals against per game. Also note that Pittsburgh has gone 1-12 in their last 13 trips to TD Garden, so it might be time to start playing some defence.
The Penguins have conceded 5.5 goals per game on the road this season, while the Bruins have netted 5 goals per game at TD Garden. History between the Penguins and Bruins suggests plenty of high-scoring contests. The OVER has gone 11-3 in their previous 14 games. Note that Bruins’ defenceman Matt Grzelcyk will be unable to go. He is listed as questionable with a lower-body injury. With the OVER getting +113 on the total, it’s hard to ignore that value in this one.