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2021-01-29
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Boston Bruins vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction & Preview



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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins faced off against each other in Boston on Tuesday night. The Bruins came out with an overtime victory over the Penguins. Charlie McAvoy had 3 assists and Brad Marchand scored a goal and had an assist in the game for the Boston Bruins. The Penguins come in to this game winless on the road, while the Bruins will look to remain undefeated at home.

 

Penguins Look For First Road Victory

Sidney Crosby was held pointless on Tuesday vs the Bruins. Tristan Jarry had his best game of the season, saving 33 out of 36 shots in the overtime loss. The Penguins were not able to capitalize on any of the six power plays they had in the game. The Penguins only won 30% of the faceoffs against the Bruins on Tuesday night.

 

The Penguins will need more reliable goaltending from Tristan Jarry. Jarry has been a disappointment for the Penguins this season, carrying a 3.91 GAA. The Penguins are giving up 3.71 goals per game, which is tied for fourth worse in the NHL. The defense has been good for the Penguins, as they are only allowing 27.4 shots against per game, which is eighth best in the NHL. The Penguins are averaging 3.00 goals per game, which is tied for 14th in the NHL. Pittsburgh will need to improve on special teams. The Penguins rank 14th in power play %, which is not good for a team with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang. Pittsburgh is tied for ninth worse in penalty kill %.

 

Bruins Seek To Remain Undefeated At Home

Charlie McAvoy and Brad Marchand had multi point efforts on Tuesday night against the Penguins, leading the Bruins to an overtime victory. The Bruins were the better team on special teams, going 6/6 in killing penalties and going 1/3 on the power play vs the Penguins. The Bruins also dominated faceoffs, winning 46 out of 66 faceoffs in the matchup.

 

The Bruins have been receiving excellent goaltending from Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Boston is giving up only 2.00 goals per game, which is third best in the NHL. The defense has also been a bright spot, with the Bruins only allowing 23.8 shots against per game, which is third best in the NHL. Boston has a 58.6 faceoff win percentage, which is number one in the NHL. The Bruins have been terrific on special teams this season. Boston ranks fifth in the NHL converting 35% on the power play and ranks first in the NHL in killing off penalties at a rate of 92.3%. The Bruins have been missing David Pastrnak all season but he will return soon and boost the Bruins on offense.





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