KEY POINTS

  • Pittsburgh try to avoid sweep against Boston
  • Penguins are faves on Sunday
  • Penguins will play their third game in four nights

A quick rematch on swapped places within the week ensues on Sunday afternoon as Pittsburgh looks to exact revenge against Boston when the Penguins host the Bruins inside the PPG Paints Arena.

Just two nights ago, the Penguins visited Boston only to have their four-game winning run snapped by the Bruins, 1-4. They seek to settle the score as the NHL odds shift onto their side back at home.

Penguins:

The Penguins will try to hang tough amidst a tight schedule as they are scheduled to play their third game in four nights that include Thursday’s loss to the Bruins at home. Although the stretch has caused them to be rather winded, the Penguins are taking it more as a favor than a fiasco.

Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby could use the non-stop ice action to help him quickly regain his form from a long injury break. He will be playing his fourth game since his return and has already scored in each of the last three games where he collected a total of six points.

Bruins:

In contrast to the Penguins, the Bruins are well-rested entering the match after having three nights off. They will try to affix their supremacy over the Penguins by completing a three-game sweep of their season series. Boston still leads the way in the Atlantic Division with a close gap over an in-pursuit Tampa Bay. 

Odds and Trends:

The Penguins are faves at -125 money line price. The Bruins are dogs on the road at +105. The total line is barely even at six goals O/U.

The Penguins are 8-0 in their last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 8-1 in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest.

The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 6-1 in their last 7 Sunday games.

Over is 5-1 in Penguins last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-0-1 in Bruins last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.

Under is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 10-2-1 in Bruins last 13 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Prediction:

Moneyline: Penguins

Total: Over

sidney crosby penguins 2016 Sidney Crosby, right, and the Penguins drop the puck against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday. Photo: Getty Images