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Penguins vs. Blackhawks - 1/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks (23-13-4) at Pittsburgh Penguins (19-15-4)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -103 / Chicago Blackhawks -107 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNC, ROOT

The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Tuesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks look to remain hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power plays. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 23 goals, Artemi Panarin has 23 assists and Artem Anisimov has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their power play chances. Corey Crawford has allowed 70 goals on 930 shots faced and Scott Darling has given up 24 goals on 258 shots. Crawford has allowed seven goals in his last three games.

Penguins vs. Blackhawks - 1/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a nice win after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 18 goals, Sidney Crosby has 18 assists and Phil Kessel has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 59 goals on 804 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 21 goals on 282 shots. Fleury has allowed eight goals in his last three games.

The Blackhawks are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The Penguins are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Blackhawks are 2-7-1 in the last 10 meetings in Pittsburgh and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.

Pittsburgh has gotten the best of Chicago when playing at the Energy Center and they've owned the Central as of late. Even with the Blackhawks rolling right now, I'll side with the home team and the cheaper price. 

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Pittsburgh Penguins -103

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