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Penguins vs. Oilers - 3/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Edmonton Oilers (18-38-11) at Pittsburgh Penguins (38-18-10)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -340 / Edmonton Oilers +297 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RSNW, ROOT

The Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Edmonton Oilers look for a win to snap a five-game skid. The Oilers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Edmonton Oilers have three power play goals in their last two games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers with 19 goals, Jordan Eberle has 32 assists and Teddy Purcell has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Oilers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Ben Scrivens has allowed 127 goals on 1,250 shots faced and Richard Bachman has given up 10 goals on 61 shots.

Penguins vs. Oilers - 3/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight. The Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won their last nine when scoring at least three goals. Evgeni Malkin leads Pitt with 28 goals, Sidney Crosby has 45 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 175 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 110 goals on 1,471 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 41 goals on 446 shots.

The Oilers are 15-44 in their last 59 road games and 19-58 in their last 77 vs. a team with a winning record. The Penguins are 93-44 in their last 137 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Pacific. The Oilers are 1-6-2 in the last 9 meetings in Pittsburgh and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.

The Penguins should crush the Oilers in this matchup, which has been the case of much of their past meetings. I suggest taking the spread to give your wager more value. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

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