Penguins vs. BruinsBoston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 1 Free NHL Pick: Over the course of the last four years, the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins have each won the Stanley Cup. Now, these two are going to be duking it out with one another on Saturday night for the first game of the third round of the playoffs for each team. The Penguins are heavy -170 favorites on the NHL betting lines, and they are expected to take the first two games of this series. Boston though, has a shot to get the job done on Saturday night at Consol Energy Arena.

Bruins vs. Penguins Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Bruins vs. Penguins Live TV Coverage: NBC
NHL Odds: Bruins +160 / Penguins -170 (Total: 5.5)

We aren’t all that sure that the Bruins are going to be so overmatched in this series. The offense for Boston isn’t nearly as good as the offense for the Penguins, but the truth of the matter is that the highest scoring player in this series coming into the weekend is C David Krejci, who has 17 points. No one on the Pens has more than 16 points (not that there is any shame in that number). The difference as we see it is the battle in the pipes. We still think that it was a mistake to leave G Tomas Vokoun in net for so long for Pittsburgh. In order to win the Stanley Cup, we still think that G Marc-Andre Fleury is going to have to play a role on the team. G Tuukka Rask bided his time as G Tim Thomas’ backup, and he is clearly the man that has to carry this man through this series. We know that Boston isn’t going to win every game of this series, but we do think that it is going to win enough of these games to make it worth our while to back it on a nightly basis until the price comes down quite a bit.

Free Bruins vs. Penguins Game 1 Picks: Boston Bruins +160

 

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