Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 11/25/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (12-5-3) at Minnesota Wild (10-7-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, FSN
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild meet Friday afternoon in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Penguins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 14 goals, Evgeni Malkin has nine assists and Phil Kessel has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 43 goals on 461 shots faced and Matt Murray has allowed 10 goals on 182 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
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The Minnesota Wild could use a bounce back victory after losing six of their last 10 games. The Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with five goals, Charlie Coyle has seven assists and Nino Niederreiter has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 1.9 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 23 goals on 445 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has allowed 12 goals on 130 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Penguins are 36-15 in their last 51 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Central. The Wild are 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Bounce teams seem to be hit or miss recently and are hard to get a good feel on overall. However, the Wild are at home and have had some solid success this season when playing against winning teams. So, I'm going to side with the Wild to get the job done on their home ice.