NHL wagering fans will be hard pressed to find a more enticing matchup as both teams carry a lot of hockey betting appeal. The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the most popular teams with the NHL wagering public going back to their glory days with Mario Lemieux and continuing now with the best player in NHL wagering, Sidney Crosby.
Lately, however, both the Penguins and Crosby have suffered from a NHL wagering slump. Crosby doesn’t even lead Pittsburgh in scoring and the Penguins beat the hockey gambling odds in just 4 out of 10 games from December 6 through December 26.
Overall Pittsburgh had a NHL wagering record of 19-12-1-3 straight up but just 17-18 against the spread. Pittsburgh’s hockey betting popularity often costs them value on the board. The Penguins have had better NHL wagering success on the road with a mark of 11-6-0-2.
Pittsburgh’s hockey betting strength, as you might imagine, is their 7th ranked offense. Evgeni Malkin led the Penguins in scoring with a whopping 59 points and in goals with 15. The Boston Bruins are bringing back memories of the “Big Bad Bruins” glory days of Bobby Orr and company.
Boston has been a NHL wagering cash cow and had a record of 25-5-0-4 straight up and a brilliant 27-6 against the hockey gambling odds. From December 4 through December 23 the Bruins showed no sign of slowing down as they went on a NHL wagering rampage of 8 payoffs in 9 games.
Boston has been absolutely lethal at home with a NHL wagering record of 13 wins in 15 games. They have also been a strong over team at home with just 3 of their 15 home games going under the total. Boston has been dominant on both sides of the ice this season as they ranked 2nd overall on offense and 1st overall on defense.
Goaltenders Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez have been strong NHL wagering assets with GAA’s near 2.00. Phil Kessel led in goals with 21 and Marc Savard in points with 40.
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