Bet Saturday NHL: Peterson picks Penguins vs Bruins, Flyers vs Islanders, Senators vs Canadiens
Pittsburgh Penguins (-118) @ Boston Bruins (+100), 1 pm EDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins have dominated the Boston Bruins on multiple occasions this season, including a dominant 4-1 victory Thursday evening. The Penguins have now won 5 in a row and are nipping at the heels of both the New York Islanders as well as the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the East.
The Penguins are averaging 4.2 goals per game lately while only allowing 1.4. The Bruins are averaging 2.4 goals per game and allowing 3. With the price tag as beautiful as this Moneyline is at -118, jump all over it and back Pittsburgh.
PICK: Pittsburgh Penguins Moneyline (-118)
Philadelphia Flyers (+135) @ New York Islanders (-165), 7 pm EDT
The Philadelphia Flyers sit at No. 5 in the East and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Most recently, the Flyers were thumped 6-1 by a struggling Buffalo Sabres team that sits in last place in the East and holds an overall record of 7-23-6. Although the Flyers hold a relatively impressive record of 17-14-4, the consistency has not been there this season for Philadelphia.
The Flyers inconsistency combined with the fact that the New York Islanders are No. 2 in the East, should amount to this being a fairly big mismatch, especially as the Islanders are fresh off of an 8-4 victory over the red-hot No. 1 Washington Capitals Thursday night. The Islanders are averaging 4.4 goals per game in their last 5 while allowing 3.2, whereas Philadelphia is averaging 2.6 goals per game and 4.4 allowed. Take the Islanders on the Moneyline here at a very fair price considering the mismatch (-165).
PICK: New York Islanders Moneyline (-165)
Ottawa Senators (+190) @ Montreal Canadiens (-240), 7 pm EDT
The Montreal Canadiens are a perfect 3-0 since being forced to take a week-long pause due to COVID protocols. Sitting fourth in the North, Montreal will attempt to make it 4 wins in a row on Saturday evening at the expense of a struggling, yet resilient Ottawa Senators club that is 3-7 in their last 10 games. In the past month, both teams have split the four games between the two.
On Thursday, Montreal dominated Ottawa 4-1 and look primed to shine moving forward. The Canadiens are averaging 3.6 goals per game in their last 5 while allowing 2.4, whereas Ottawa is averaging 2 goals per game and allowing 2.4. Assuming Carey Price gets the nod in net for Montreal, the Canadiens will have the Senators beat in every aspect of the game. Look to back the Canadiens here on the Puck Line as they look fresh and revived.
PICK: Montreal Canadiens -1.5