Blackhawks vs. Penguins - 2/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (32-15-8) at Chicago Blackhawks (34-18-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -145 / Pittsburgh Penguins +131 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meet Sunday at the United Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won five of their last seven games and end a two-game road trip. The Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t scored a power play goal in their last six games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 21 goals, Sidney Crosby has 39 assists and Chris Kunitz has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 94 goals on 1,210 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 37 goals on 394 shots.
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The Chicago Blackhawks hope to rebound after splitting their last 10 games. The Blackhawks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have three power play goals in their last two games and have won five of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 27 goals, Jonathan Toews has 30 assists and Marian Hossa has 166 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Antti Raanta has allowed 23 goals on 373 shots faced and Corey Crawford has given up 84 goals on 1,051 shots.
The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 35-17 in their last 52 vs. Western Conference. The Blackhawks are 79-33 in their last 112 home games and 2-7 in their last 9 games following a win. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
In a toss up game between two of the better teams in the league, I have to go with the Penguins and the plus money. The Blackhawks have been too up and down as of late, and Pitt has done a solid job recently on the road. Give me the road team for the value.