Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Red Wings - 2/16/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Detroit Red Wings (14-41-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (35-15-6)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 12:30 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under:
The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Sunday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Detroit Red Wings need a win after losing 10 of their last 12 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with 18 goals, Dylan Larkin has 25 assists and Anthony Mantha has 101 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 87 goals on 784 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 91 goals on 990 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 40 assists and Kris Letang has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 83 goals on 848 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 58 goals on 833 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 13 games.
The Red Wings are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won four of the last five meetings against the Detroit Red Wings and most of those games weren't close. The Detroit Red Wings just can't get out of their own way, and they remain by far the least profitable team in the sport. You're pretty much bankrupt if you've been backing the Red Wings this season. Early game, give me the Pittsburgh Penguins and the PL in this spot.