Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/20/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (37-15-6) at Toronto Maple Leafs (31-22-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 40 assists and Kris Letang has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 84 goals on 876 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 58 goals on 833 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 15 games.
The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 42 goals, Mitch Marner has 45 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 123 goals on 1,336 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 48 goals on 421 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 13 games.
The Penguins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto. The favorite is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings. The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Toronto.
The Pittsburgh Penguins just beat the Maple Leafs a few days ago in a 5-2 beatdown and have won the last two meetings by a combined score of 11-3. The Pittsburgh Penguins are hard to bet against in their current form, and they're currently the third most profitable team in the sport. The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to go through ups and downs constantly, and right now they're in a rough patch where the defense can't keep the puck out of the net. I'm not betting against the Pittsburgh Penguins.