How Injuries Impact Betting on Thursday’s Bruins-Penguins Showdown
The Bruins and Penguins catch each other at an interesting time. The two Eastern Conference powers have been rising steadily since the holidays, but they are both dealing with major injury concerns.
With that as a backdrop, we leave no stone unturned exploring betting and DFS angles in advance of this heavyweight showdown.
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Pittsburgh Penguins (+105) @ Boston Bruins (-125)
7 p.m. ET, NBC Sports
Injuries: Patrice Bergeron will be out of the Bruins’ lineup for the next two weeks with a fractured foot. The first-line center is the best possession driver in the league, and his absence leaves a huge hole. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 season, the 32-year-old Bergeron is a 58% Corsi player at 5-on-5, which is the best in the NHL in that situation. That’s even more impressive when you consider that Bergeron often draws the toughest matchup every night. The injury is a huge blow for Boston, particularly given his ability to play against Sidney Crosby.