Penguins vs. Canucks - 1/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vancouver Canucks (20-17-11) at Pittsburgh Penguins (22-17-7)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -190 / Vancouver Canucks +171 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, TSN
The Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday afternoon at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Vancouver Canucks look for a victory after winning six of their last 10 games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power plays. Daniel Sedin leads Vancouver with 21 goals, Henrik Sedin has 28 assists and Jannik Hansen has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their power play chances. Ryan Miller has allowed 83 goals on 972 shots faced and Jacob Markstrom has given up 40 goals on 518 shots. Miller has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 19.5 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 20 goals, Sidney Crosby has 24 assists and Phil Kessel has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 83.2 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 76 goals on 1,004 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 25 goals on 306 shots. Fleury has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Canucks are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-13 in their last 19 road games. The Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference and 84-34 in their last 118 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Canucks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The juice on this game is insane, so I'm going to side with the under in this spot. The under is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams and is 35-16-6 in the Penguins last 57 vs. the Western Conference. Take the under to avoid the big price.