Black and Yellow
Tonight at 7:30 PM, the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins on ROOT and NBC Sports. This is going to be a match-up of the "Black and Yellow" or if you are anal retentive, the Black and Old Gold (Penguins) vs the Black and Yellow (Bruins).
Anyway, the Penguins are coming off a 6-1 thrashing of the New York Islanders. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins are coming off a close 3-2 shootout over the Ottawa Senators. Tonight's match-up has playoff hocking implications. See the particulars below:
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (18-8-0, 1ST Place Atlantic)
Goals Per Game: 3.7
Goals Against Average: 2.9
Power Play Percentage: 26%
Penalty Kill Percentage: 78.8%
BOSTON BRUINS (17-3-3, 2ND Place Northeast)
Goals Per Game: 2.9
Goals Against Average: 2.1
Power Play Percentage: 15.5%
Penalty Kill Percentage: 92.3%
The statistic that really scares me is that the Bruins are killing 92.3% of penalties; therefore, power play goals will come at a premium. In goal, expect to see Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Tuukka Rask. This is sure to be a battle. Take the Penguins to win and under 5.5 total goals.