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#1 Boston Bruins 6 vs.
#2 Pittsburgh Penguins -115
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 12:35pm EST
PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh
Written by David Hess

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National Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon and the Atlantic Division will square off with the Metro Division as the Boston Bruins grapple with the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. these teams met a few days ago and the Bruins won that game at home by a score of 4-1. Boston leads the season series 2-0 now.

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Boston Look To Make It 3-0 Against the Pens

For Boston, this is actually game two of a home-and-home series as they have not had a game in between their battle with the Pens back on January 16th, while Pittsburgh did have a game between. Boston won that first game by a score of 4-1 and they also beat Pittsburgh 6-4 at home earlier in the year. Boston will be looking to make it 3-0 against the Pens this year and that would be a cleans sweep as the two are not scheduled to meet the rest of the regular season. Boston has been a bit mediocre of late as they enter this game having won just four of their last nine games and just eight of their last 21. The Bruins used to have a huge lead in the Atlantic Division but they now own just six-point lead over the surging Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Bruins did trail Pittsburgh 1-0 just 24 seconds into the game but the rest of the contest was all them. Scoring in the win was Sean Kuraly, which was his 4th of the year, Par Lindholm, which was his 3rd, Patrice Bergeron, which was his 20th and Brad Marchand, which was his 21st. Snatching up the victory was Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 29 of the 30 shots that he faced to improve to 11-11 with a 2.42 GAA on the year, while out on the road he has gone 5-6 with a 2.42 GAA. In his career, he has gone 109-127 with a 2.64 GAA on the road and 42-38 with a 2.62 GAA during the month of January plus 11-10 with a 2.53 GAA against the Penguins. He should get the start here as Tuukka Rask is still dealing with a concussion.

Pens Squeak By The Red Wings

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a hot team of late as they enter this game having won five of their last six games and 16 of their last 21. That has allowed them to pull to within just six points of the Washington Capitals, who are in first place in the Metro Division. Their lone loss in their last six games was to these Bruins but they were able to bounce back with a hard-fought 2-1 OT win over the Red Wings on the road. Detroit is the worst team in the league and it probably should have been an easier win for Pittsburgh but they were playing that game on no rest and still had this rematch on deck. Pittsburgh is hoping to get their offense back on track in this one. they do have Sidney Crosby back and they won in his return by a score of 7-3 over Montreal but they have scored just three goals in their last two games since.

Crosby has scored a goal in all three of his games back which includes scoring the game-winner in the OT win over the Red Wings. He now has eight goals on the year. Also scoring in the win was Bryan Rust, which was his 20th of the year. Snatching up the win was Matt Murray who stopped 28 of the 29 goals that he faced to improve to 14-10 with a 2.84 GAA on the year while here at home he has gone 7-4 with a 2.70 GAA. In his career, he has gone 58-30 with a 2.76 GAA here at PPG PAINTS Arena and 16-6 with a 2.55 GAA during the month of January, plus 4-2 with a 2.93 GAA against the Bruins.

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The Bruins have taken the first two games of the series this year but they will not complete the trifecta. The Bruins just brought in David Backes but he will not be playing in this game and they will be without David Krejci. The Penguins have Sidney Crosby back on the ice and he has scored in all three games he has played in since his return. The Penguins are a bit healthier than the Bruins right now and they have gone a strong 17-8 here at home for the year. Lastly, the Bruins are 0-5 in their last five games here in the Steel City.

Prediction: Pittsburgh -125

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The Penguins will get their offense back on track, but I don't see them fully getting it back in this one. The Pens have scored just three goals on their last two games, which includes just one goal against the Bruins. The Boston offense has been hit or miss of late and they have averaged just 3.00 gpg over their last 10 games. The Bruins will be without David Krejci in this one or David Backes and Matt Murray has a 2.70 GAA here at home for the year. Jaroslav Halak should get the start here for the Bruins and he has a 2,533 GAA against the Bruins in his career and a 2.42 GAA on the road for the year. The Under is 17-6-3 in Boston's last 26 vs. the Eastern Conference and 20-9 in Pittsburgh's last 29 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.

Prediction: Under 6
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Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.