Red Wings vs. Penguins - 3/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (40-25-8) at Detroit Red Wings (37-26-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Joe Louis Arena)
The Line: Detroit Red Wings / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings meet Saturday afternoon at the Joe Louis Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power plays. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 31 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 31 assists and Phil Kessel has 236 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 126 goals on 1,591 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 32 goals on 384 shots. Fleury has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Detroit Red Wings look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power plays. Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 21 goals, Tomas Tatar has 22 assists and Justin Abdelkader has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their power play chances. Petr Mrazek has allowed 109 goals on 1,406 shots faced and Jimmy Howard has given up 74 goals on 794 shots. Mrazek has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Red Wings are 8-3 in their last 11 home games and 20-8 in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The home team has controlled the series between these teams, and the Red Wings have played their best hockey overall at home. While the Penguins are in better form, I like the Red Wings in this spot.