Hockey betting fans have seen the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins pick up where they left off from last year with the NHL odds so far this season. Pittsburgh won 12 out of their first 17 hockey betting matchups with the NHL odds and was in first place in the NHL Atlantic Division standings.
The Penguins have had their best hockey betting success on the road as they were 7-2 with the NHL odds away from home. Pittsburgh was coming off a bad hockey betting weekend, however, as they suffered losses at Los Angeles and at San Jose. The Penguins have gone over the hockey betting total in 6 out of 9 road games this year.
The Boston Bruins have had a sluggish start to their hockey betting season with an even 7-7-0-2 start and a home record of 5-4-0-1. Boston was the top seed in the Eastern Conference hockey betting playoffs last year. The Bruins have gone under the hockey betting total in 10 out of their first 16 games this year.
The Bruins have lost 3 out of their last 4 hockey betting matchups entering this one but did snap a 3-game losing streak with a 4-1 home win over Buffalo in their last game. Boston’s offense has been a major reason for their hockey betting problems as the Bruins ranked 26th in the NHL for scoring while ranking 6th in goals against.
Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins with 9 goals and 7 assists and a +7 while Evgeni Malkin has 4 goals and 10 assists. Defenseman Alex Goligoski has 6 goals and 7 assists with a most impressive +14. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury continues to impress with a 10-4 record, a 2.52 goals against average, and a save percentage of .904.
The Penguins power play has been a surprise in that it has struggled and ranked only 25th in the NHL. Boston goaltender Tim Thomas had a 4-6-1 record but that was due to lack of offensive support has his goals against average was 2.44 and he had a stellar save percentage of .916.