Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (21-10-4) at Vancouver Canucks (17-15-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -110 / Pittsburgh Penguins +100 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Rogers Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another win after winning seven of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 17 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 20 assists and Kris Letang has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 58 goals on 562 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 26 goals on 433 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Vancouver Canucks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Elias Pettersson leads Vancouver with 14 goals, Quinn Hughes has 24 assists and Tanner Pearson has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 62 goals on 727 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 36 goals on 382 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Penguins are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road underdog, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Canucks are 19-42 in their last 61 vs. Metropolitan, 2-6 in their last 8 games as a home favorite and 2-7 in their last 9 games as a favorite. The under is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 overall. The over is 9-4-1 in Canucks last 14 games as a favorite. The Penguins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Vancouver.
We're getting even money with the hotter and more consistent team in the Pittsburgh Penguins, and while they've been shaky on the road as of late, the Vancouver Canucks have had trouble stringing wins together and haven't had any recent success in the favorite role, especially at home. It's not often you get the Pittsburgh Penguins at these prices and with them in their current form, this feels like a valuable spot to back them once again.