Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/7/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (16-9-4) at Detroit Red Wings (7-20-3)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

The Line: Detroit Red Wings +188 / Pittsburgh Penguins -210 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings meet Saturday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 16 assists and Kris Letang has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 55 goals on 534 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 18 goals on 254 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed zero goals in their last two games. 

The Detroit Red Wings need a win here to snap a 10-game losing streak. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 13.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 12 goals, Tyler Bertuzzi has 14 assists and Darren Helm has 42 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.9 goals per game and are killing 72.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 47 goals on 415 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 56 goals on 515 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 11 games.

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The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 in their last 5 road games. The Red Wings are 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 games as a home underdog and 0-5 in their last 5 home games. The over is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 road games. The under is 5-2 in Red Wings last 7 home games. The Penguins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Detroit. The home team is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Detroit and 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Red Wings and Penguins, and it's Detroit that has the rest advantage. However, I'm not backing a team riding a 10-game losing streak and cant keep the puck out of the back of the net. There's no backing the Detroit Red Wings in their current form, especially when you consider they don't even have success when having extended rest. Give me the Penguins and the PL for added value. 

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

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