Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 11/16/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 11/16/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs (9-8-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (10-7-2)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Toronto Maple Leafs --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 13 goals, Mitch Marner has 14 assists and Morgan Rielly has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 75.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 41 goals on 467 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 23 goals on 190 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with eight goals, Sidney Crosby has 12 assists and Kris Letang has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 88.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 35 goals on 406 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed eight goals on 113 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.

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The Maple Leafs are 3-8 in their last 11 Saturday games, 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Penguins are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 120-56 in their last 176 games as a home favorite and 127-60 in their last 187 home games. The over is 4-0 in Maple Leafs last 4 road games. The under is 5-1 in Penguins last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Maple Leafs are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Pittsburgh and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Penguins, but they're back to their struggles defensively and playing on the end of a back to back where tired legs could be a factor isn't going to help. The Pittsburgh Penguins hav been terrific at home over the years and have thrived as a favorite this season overall. As talented as they are, it's tough to make a case for the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road against a respectable opponent given their current form. 

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