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Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins odds, picks and prediction

Apr 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) carries the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins (27-14-6) play the second contest of a two-game set against the Pittsburgh Penguins (32-14-3) Tuesday with a 7 p.m. ET puck drop at PPG Paints Arena. Below, we analyze the Bruins-Penguins odds and lines, with NHL picks and predictions.

The Bruins were on the short end of a 1-0 loss in the Steel City in the first half of the two-game set. It was the first time the B’s were blanked since March 28, also by a 1-0 score, against the New Jersey Devils. Boston had scored 27 goals across its previous seven games before the shutout loss.

The Pens have rattled off four straight victories and outscored the opposition 17-9 during the span. Pittsburgh enters this game 11-2 in its last 13 games as a home underdog and 4-1 in its past five against winning teams.

Bruins at Penguins: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 12:45 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: Bruins -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | Penguins +100 (bet $100 to win $100)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Bruins -1.5 (+220) | Penguins +1.5 (-275)
  • Over/Under: 5.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)

Bruins at Penguins: Projected starting goalies

Tuukka Rask (11-4-2, 2.36 GAA, .913 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Tristan Jarry (21-8-3, 2.70 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO)

Rask took a no-decision against the lowly Buffalo Sabres Friday, as he allowed 4 goals on 28 shots. He is still 3-0-0 with a 2.17 GAA and .931 SV% through four starts in April.

Jarry made 30 saves Sunday for his first shutout of the season. He has rattled off four consecutive victories, and he hasn’t lost in regulation since March 18. Jarry is 2-1-1 with a 1.96 GAA and .938 SV% in four games against Boston.

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Bruins at Penguins: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Penguins 3, Bruins 2

Money line (ML)

The PENGUINS (+100) are a great play as even-money underdogs at home. Jarry is playing with a lot of confidence right now, and Pittsburgh won eight of its past nine home games against Boston.

The Pens are a great value at home.

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Against the spread (ATS)

The Penguins +1.5 (-275) will cost you nearly three times your potential return, and that’s just not a good play. If you like the Pens, just play them straight up as home underdogs.

AVOID.

Over/Under (O/U)

UNDER 5.5 (-110) is the best play on the board in this game. The teams just played to a 1-0 score, and Rask and Jarry won’t cough up a ton of goals.

The Under hit in six of the past seven, and four of the previous five meetings at PPG Paints Arena. Keep slamming the Under in B’s-Pens games until further notice.

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