Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 10/5/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:30 pm (United Center)
The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -120 / Pittsburgh Penguins +100 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBCH, ATTP
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meet Thursday in NHL action at the United Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a bounce back victory after losing their opener Wednesday to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. The Penguins are averaging four goals per game and have scored on one of five power play attempts. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with one goal, Jake Guentzel has two assists and Phil Kessel has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing five goals per game and have killed four of five power play attempts. Matt Murray has given up five goals on 34 shots faced. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed a combined 15 goals in their last three regular season games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost five of their last eight regular season road games.
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The Chicago Blackhawks are coming off a 50-win season and look to make the playoffs for a 10th straight year. The Blackhawks will have a new look to them with guys such as Artemi Panarin and Scott Darling now on other teams, and with Marian Hossa being sidelined for the season due to a skin condition. But even with a lot of changes and a key player out, the Blackhawks still have the main core that’s helped them consistently become a Stanley Cup contender, which includes Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith. Of course, longtime goalie Corey Crawford remains in net for Chicago after saving 91.8 percent of his shots faced last season, which happens to be his career percentage. The Chicago Blackhawks have split their last six regular season openers. Toews is questionable with a leg injury.
The Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 23-9 in their last 32 Thursday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Blackhawks are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan and 0-8 in their last 8 overall. The Penguins are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago, 0-6 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 12-3-2 in the last 17 meetings.
Usually I see value in a team that has a game under their belt, but traveling after playing late into the night in overtime doesn't exactly do Pittsburgh many favors against a rested Chicago team. The Blackhawks have won the last six meetings against the Penguins and have outscored them 12-3 in the last three meetings. Pittsburgh also hasn't won a game in Chicago since 2009. Sometimes history is the side to be on, and this seems like one of those spots. I'll side with the Blackhawks on their home ice.