Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (34-14-9) vs Florida Panthers (37-13-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Penguins -120 / Florida Panthers -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Florida Panthers In Tuesday NHL Action.

On the season, they have found the net 227 times, good for a rank of 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.91 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 10th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 1st ranked team in the NHL.

The Pittsburgh Penguins get set to host the Florida Panthers with an overall record of 34-14-9. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 57 games, the Penguins have scored 185 goals, giving them an average of 3.21. This output gives them a rank of 10th among NHL teams. On defense, Pittsburgh is the 6th ranked unit, giving up 2.58 goals per contest. So far, the Penguins have played the 30th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Pittsburgh's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 55 games, the Florida Panthers' leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 27 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 52. On the season, he is turning 17.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Florida's 55 games, he has come up with 18 goals on a shooting percentage of 11.9%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 23. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.54 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 23 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 51 games, the Pittsburgh Penguins' goal and overall scoring leader is Jake Guentzel, with 57 points. He has reached his mark of 27 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. So far, 22.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Sidney Crosby, who has 36 assists to go along with his 18 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +12.0. Pittsburgh's top goalie is Tristan Jarry, who is giving up an average of 2.3 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Heading into this matchup, the Penguins have been playing well on offense, surpassing their season average four times over their past five games. On the other side, Florida has accomplished that feat just once. Look for this to be a close contest, with Pittsburgh pulling out the home win.

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Joe’s Pick Penguins -120

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