Thursday NHL Betting Odds & Predictions: Penguins vs. Bruins, Flames vs. Maple Leafs, More ( Jan. 16, 2020)
Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Sidney Crosby
Hey, have you heard that Sidney Crosby is back?
Crosby returned from his 28-game absence on Tuesday, scoring a goal and recording three assists in Pittsburgh’s 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. The scary thing is that the Penguins, who have been absolutely demolished by injuries this season, were the league’s best team — in terms of points percentage — while Crosby was sidelined.
The Pens also posted the league’s third-best expected goals rate and fifth-best goal share in that span. Pittsburgh was already one of the league’s best team and now it has one of the world’s best players back in its lineup.
The Penguins take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
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Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins
- Penguins odds: +120
- Bruins odds: -140
- Over/Under: 6
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
You’d think a team that is headlined by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would be known for its offense, but the Penguins have turned themselves into a defense-first dynamo in 2019-20.