NHL Betting: Penguins Favored in Eastern Conference Final

Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston BruinsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have had the Boston Bruins number over the last two years and that’s part of why they are favored to beat them in the Eastern Conference Final. The NHL oddsmakers have posted the Penguins as a -200 favorite to win the series.

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The Bruins have lost all three meetings with the Penguins in the 2013 lockout-shortened regular season and also dropped the last three meetings to end last season. They seem to be getting closer to beating them though, as their last three losses were each by one goal.

This matchup will pit offense versus defense as the Penguins scored more goals than any other team in the NHL this season (165) while the Bruins allowed the second-fewest goals among any Eastern Conference team (109). The Pens offense has been even more potent in the playoffs as they are averaging 4.3 goals per game, which is nearly a goal more per game than the 3.4 per game they averaged in the regular season.

The good news for the Bruins is that they should have the edge in net with Tuukka Rask. He comes into the series playing fairly well after giving up just 10 goals in five games in the second round.

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