Panthers at Penguins - 10/20/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (3-2-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-3-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -170 / Florida Panthers +153 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, ROOT, TVA
The Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Tuesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Florida Panthers look for a big road win to get their fourth victory of the season. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with four goals, Aleksander Barkov has three assists and Brandon Pirri has 13 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 1.8 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed seven goals on 134 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up one goal on 23 shots. Luongo has given up two or less goals in five of his last seven outings.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins could use a victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 1.4 goals per game and have yet to score a power play goal. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with two goals, Phil Kessel has one assist and Kris Letang has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 1.8 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up nine goals on 142 shots faced. Fleury has allowed three or more goals in six of his last 10 regular season outings.
The Panthers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Penguins are 97-47 in their last 144 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-14 in their last 18 vs. Eastern Conference. The Panthers are 3-13 in the last 16 meetings in Pittsburgh and 6-15 in the last 21 meetings overall.
Not only is winning in Pittsburgh quite difficult, but the Panthers haven't done it quite often. Also, Florida hasn't been the best road team overall dating back to last season. While these young Panthers are growing up, you have to expect the Penguins to hold down home ice and get the W here.