NHL Betting: The Penguins can march to victory at Chicago's Soldier Field


Boston-Washington

A rude re-awakening for the Bruins on their return to action saw them concede in the final minute and then drop in OT to bottom club Buffalo, with backup goalie Chad Johnson allowing five goals on 26 shots making their fans eager for Tuukka Rask to return between the pipes.

The Finn will indeed be back attempting to stop the Caps from adding to their four victories from five through a fractured but productive February, unsurprisingly led by Backstrom and Ovechkin they've scored 33 goals across their previous nine outings too so confidence is high.

Bear in mind that Washington have struggled on the road at top opposition and have only four wins away to current postseason qualifiers to their name, sitting 9th in the East they are under pressure to keep improving and jump up the standings.

These two will clash three times this month having not met all season but it's one that suits Boston based on past results and playoff series. I think they'll strong-arm their way to a fifth straight home win this time over the -1.5 handicap at 2.45.

 

Chicago-Pittsburgh

Outdoor game number five of six (the Heritage Classic completes the set tomorrow) takes place at Soldier Field in Chicago, and it features the current favourites from each conference to lift the Stanley Cup.

Neither club won their first game back on Thursday, the Penguins did at least secure a point during a 6-5 home shootout loss to Montreal but the Blackhawks probably played a more complete game against the NY Rangers just ran into a hot goalie.

All of Canada's goalscorers in the Olympic final will be on show and it'll be fun to see Sidney Crosby go right up against Jonathan Toews after so recently being teammates, the latter along with Patricks Kane and Sharp aren't in the deadliest of scoring form.

It's unlikely that the Pens will be out at 2.85 again anytime soon and evidence suggests home ice advantage is negated by the open air, otherwise the tie through regulation at 3.80 is also worth a look when the teams are so well matched.

 

Best Bet: Pittsburgh Penguins to win at 2.85