Penguins Vie for Online NHL Betting Shutout against B’s
The Pittsburgh Penguins are doing their best to accomplish what many online NHL betting fans perceive to be impossible; winning back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Even though impossible may sound like a hyperbole, there is some credibility to the claim. It’s been over 50 years since a team won consecutive titles (Montreal Canadiens won in 65 and 66). So when sportsbook fans say that repeating in the NHL is much harder than any other sports league, they’re not just talking bologna.
Nevertheless, that’s the goal the Penguins have laid out for the season. And from what we’ve seen so far this season, Pittsburgh is on the right path to accomplish the unfeasible. Last year we saw the Cubs break their century long World Series drought. Maybe in 2017 we’ll see the NHL break its back-to-back champion streak.
The Penguins will attempt to continue their journey to history Thursday night when they face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. This contest will mark the third time these two franchises have met this season. In the first two contests the Bruins walked off the ice unsuccessful both times, losing the first contest 4-3 in overtime and the second 5-1 in regulation. That second contest was held this past Sunday, and the Bruins will be looking deliver a better performance in just under a week. Let’s see what most hockey betting sites have to say about each teams’ chances in their third meeting.
NHL SPORTSBOOK ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Thursday, January 26th
Pittsburgh Penguins +1½ (-260) 5½ (-115) +110
Boston Bruins -1½ (+220) 5½ (-105) -130
Despite the fact that the Penguins won the most recent contest by a significant amount, it is a little shocking to see the online NHL betting odds come out in the Bruins’ favor. After competing in 51 games the Bruins are set to come into this matchup with 24 wins, 21 losses, and 6 overtime losses. Boston’s 54 points rank them 4th in the Atlantic Division, just 2 points shy of usurping the Maple Leafs for the third playoff spot in the Atlantic. The Bruins have been absent from the postseason the last two years and are desperately trying to bring that streak to a close.
The Penguins have competing in 4 less games than the Bruins (47) but have still been able to amass 6 more wins, yet somehow the sportsbooks still don’t think they should be favored Thursday night. Pittsburgh’s 47-30-12 record yields them 65 points and ranks them third in the metropolitan Division. With a 2-point lead over 4th-ranking New York Rangers, the Penguins need to button down as we finish out the second half of the season in order to secure a playoff berth.
The Penguins will be coming off their most recent 3-0 loss on Tuesday night to the St. Louis Blues. Before that loss Pittsburgh had gotten on a roll and won 4 consecutive games. Meanwhile, the Bruins will be coming off their most recent 4-3 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings. However, before that victory the Bruins had lost 4 in a row including their 5-1 online NHL betting whooping at the hands of Pittsburgh.