Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks Prediction NHL Picks 2/15/24

Chicago Blackhawks (14-36-3) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (23-19-7)

Game Info: Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

Betting Odds: Chicago Blackhawks +126 / Pittsburgh Penguins -156 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks meet in NHL action from the United Center on Thursday night. Who comes out on top in this inter-conference matchup? Let’s dive in and find out with our Penguins vs. Blackhawks Prediction.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Preview

The Pittsburgh Penguins come into this one looking to snap a three-game losing streak after a 5-2 loss to Florida last time out. Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins in scoring with 52 points including a team-high 28 goals while Jake Guentzel has 52 points with 22 goals and 30 assists. Evgeni Malkin has 41 points with 16 goals and 25 assists while Erik Karlsson’s added 37 points with 30 assists and Kris Letang has 30 points of his own with 26 assists this season. Tristan Jarry has gone 14-16-4 with a 2.52 GAA and a .913 save percentage while Alex Nedeljkovic has an 8-4-3 record with a 2.63 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Facts

  • The Penguins have won seven of their last eight games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • The Penguins have failed to cover the puck line in five of their last six games at United Center.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Penguins' last six games as favorites.
  • The favorites have won the third period in five of the Penguins' last six games at United Center.

Chicago Blackhawks Team Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks come into this game looking to snap a seven-game losing streak after a 4-2 loss to Vancouver last time out. Connor Bedard leads the Blackhawks with 33 points including a team-high 15 goals along with a team-high 18 assists while Philipp Kurashev has 28 points with 8 goals and 20 assists. Jason Dickinson has 26 points with 16 goals and 10 assists and Nick Foligno also has 21 points with 11 goals and 10 assists. Petr Mrazek has gone 12-21-2 with a 2.96 GAA and an .909 save percentage in goal for the Blackhawks while Arvid Soderblom is 2-15-1 with a 4.07 GAA and an .874 save percentage this season.

Chicago Blackhawks Team Facts

  • The Blackhawks have lost each of their last seven games.
  • The Blackhawks have covered the puck line in each of their last four games as home underdogs against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Blackhawks have lost the third period in each of their last six games at United Center against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Blackhawks' last eight games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.

Penguins vs. Blackhawks Prediction

I’m on the under here. The Penguins are a solid team that continues to be wildly inconsistent especially with their offense and finding the back of the net while the one thing Chicago consistently does is struggle to score. I think this game isn’t about good defense and goaltending but instead is a slopfest for 60 minutes. Give me the under here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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