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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Anaheim Ducks (15-13-8) at Pittsburgh Penguins (18-15-3)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -190 / Anaheim Ducks +171 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSWHD, AT&TSN

The Anaheim Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Saturday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Anaheim Ducks look for a big road victory after splitting their last eight games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jakob Silfverberg leads Anaheim with nine goals, Corey Perry has 16 assists and Josh Manson has 60 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 73 goals on 908 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 20 goals on 276 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Anaheim Ducks - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Penguins also need a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 24.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Phil Kessel leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 20 assists and Sidney Crosby has 110 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 67 goals on 728 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 22 goals on 272 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.

The Ducks are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-11 in their last 16 overall. The Penguins are 77-27 in their last 104 home games, 68-33 in their last 101 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The Ducks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh, 1-7 in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings.

The Ducks have been fade material on the road pretty much all season long, and that's not changing given the way the defense has struggled the last couple of weeks. The Pittsburgh Penguins have had recent struggles of their own, but they continue to give themselves a chance to win by allowing three or less goals. The home team has also owned the series between these teams over the years. Give me Pittsburgh. 

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