Penguins vs. Red Wings - 2/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Red Wings (29-19-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (28-19-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, ROOT, NBCSN
The Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Detroit Red Wings look for consistency after splitting their last 16 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power plays. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 18 goals, Tomas Tatar has 17 assists and Gustav Nyquist has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their power play chances. Petr Mrazek has allowed 76 goals on 1,083 shots faced and Jimmy Howard has given up 58 goals on 595 shots. Mrazek has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 24 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 26 assists and Phil Kessel has 178 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 95 goals on 1,215 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 28 goals on 364 shots. Fleury has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Red Wings are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Penguins are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest. The Red Wings are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins are back on one of those runs and continue to be one of the tougher teams in the league to beat at home. With the Red Wings being hit or miss all season, you have to side with the Penguins here.