NHL Betting Preview and Free Pick: Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

The Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Boston to take on the Bruins in an Eastern Conference matchup. Faceoff is scheduled for 7:00 eastern from TD Garden.

This is going to be a great battle between two of the top teams in the East. Both teams come into this game red hot after a relatively slow first couple of games. The Penguins come into this game having won their last four and the Bruins their last two.

Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Preview: Can the young goaltenders get the job done?

Coming into this 2021 season, the biggest question for the Penguins was who would be in net. After 6 games, there is still no clear cut winner. Both young goalies, Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry, are playing well and making it seem like the Penguins may just split time.

The Penguins are 4-2 and are on a tear after dropping their first two games. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.2 goals a game and are giving up 4.2. They have struggled on both the power play, 27.8%, and the penalty kill, 73.7%.

Pittsburgh is led in points by none other than Sidney Crosby. With 3 goals and 4 assists he is ahead of the next closest guy on his roster by two points.

Boston Bruins Betting Preview: The defense has been playing outright phenomenal.

One thing is for certain, getting shots on goal against the Bruins is difficult. In five games, teams are only averaging 22 shots on goal, which is good enough for the second lowest number in the league.

The Bruins are 3-1-1 and 2-0 on their last 2 home games. The Bruins also have a clear leader in Brach Marchand who is leading the team in points. With 3 goals and 4 assists also, Marchand is leading the Bruins in both categories as well as points.

The Bruins have a much different scenario for their goaltenders. Boston has two very well established and successful goaltenders. Tuukka Rask, a ten year veteran, and Jaroslav Halak, a twelve year veteran, are hoping to be able to keep each other’s legs fresh in a multiple goalie situation.

Penguins vs. Bruins Betting Odds & Lines:

BetOnline has the Bruins at -130 with a total set at 6.

Free Pick

Neither team has been very good in terms of covering the spread. The Penguins come into the game 0-6 and the Bruins 1-4.

The Penguins have hit the over 5 times so far this season. When you look at how many goals they are scoring added with how many they are giving up this would lean towards every over.

The Bruins are 2-0 at home and have also hit the over in their last two games. If the Bruins can find a way to get a couple power play opportunities they should be able to score plenty of goals.

The Bruins play an aggressive style of hockey and like to play tough in front of the net. This could make for a long night for whichever young goaltender is in net for the Penguins.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Boston Bruins (-130)

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