Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Florida Panthers - 1/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Florida Panthers - 1/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Panthers (21-15-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (25-11-5)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Florida Panthers need a win after splitting their last six games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida with 17 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 32 assists and Mike Hoffman has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 99 goals on 960 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 20 goals on 180 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in six straight games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 20 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 27 assists and Kris Letang has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 66 goals on 624 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 35 goals on 551 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 13 games.

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The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Penguins are 28-11 in their last 39 Sunday games, 137-63 in their last 200 home games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The over is 33-16-2 in Panthers last 51 road games. The under is 24-11-1 in Penguins last 36 home games. The Panthers are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Pittsburgh and 4-10 in the last 14 meetings. The home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Florida Panthers have actually won three of the last five meetings against the Penguins and have had no trouble winning on the end of back to backs lately. The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off a hard fought overtime game last night in Montreal and have played a lot of hockey overall since Thursday with back-to-back overtime games. The Florida Panthers have the offense to expose possible tired legs and have lost two or more games in a row just three times since October 14. I'll give the Panthers a shot here assuming we're getting nice plus money. 

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