NHL Picks: Penguins vs. Bruins Odds and Preview

Mike Richardson

Friday, April 19, 2013 3:06 PM GMT

The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to make it a clean season sweep of the Boston Bruins and your Humble Handicapper is expecting a clean sweep of his own against the bookies.

Looking at the last 10 for each of these two sides, Pittsburgh are 8-2-0 while Boston are 5-4-1  going into the third and final meeting between these two sides in the regular season. Although the Penguins won the last two games, I think Boston stands every chance ahead of the match on Friday night. The Penguins have got a real chance to do something special in Boston, as they can clinch the top of the Eastern conference by the time the final buzzer goes.

Now is as good a time as any to mention that the Penguins are +175  to win Eastern conference while Boston are +450.

Enough with any season positions….WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?

Penguins are bang in form and despite the fact that they started April with back-to-back defeats that ended their 15 game-winning run, they are now looking to make it six wins from six games after five back-to-back to back-to-back to back wins. The sports books have the Penguins winning at +114 and the Bruins winning at -135 on their NHL Odds boards.

 Bigger Picture

Looking at the overall season stakes Pittsburgh are 33 – 10 – 0 while Boston are 26 – 11 – 5. The Bruins were in action on Wednesday night when they were on the wrong end of the 3-2 shootout defeat against the Sabres. But now they have the enthusiasm of an entire city behind them and your Humble Handicapper thinks that they will use that to their advantage and bounce back very hard after that defeat.

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Sticks and Stones

If injury will be the deciding factor in this game and Penguins will be second best, as they are missing Sidney Crosby with his broken jaw. Plus, James Neal and Paul Martin are still out, while Evgeni Malkin remains under a question mark.

The only blot on the Bruins’ roster is Marc Savard who hasn't played a game all season because of concussion. It’s worth noting that the Penguins away record 16 –5-0 is better than Boston's home record of 14 – 3-3, but I do think that home advantage will be plenty advantage of the Bruins this Friday.

Also I do think game is definitely worth eight backing goals and as with the exception of the clean sheet that the Penguins kept way back on March 30th  against the Islanders, they've conceded goals in their last seven games. They may only have conceded 13 in their last five victories, and 10 two games before that, but they do tend to let goals in.

Backing the game to go over 4.5 goals gives your odds of -240 while backing under 4.5 gives you +170 for your hockey picks.

The Bruins have lost their last three games straight, but have found the back of the net in every single one of those games and haven't been shutout in their last 10 matches.

Prediction: Boston win 4-2 available at +1600 with Paddy Power.