Anaheim Ducks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/28/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pittsburgh Penguins (37-19-6) at Anaheim Ducks (25-30-8)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks +149 / Pittsburgh Penguins -165 --- Over/Under: 6
TV: FSW, ATTP
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks meet Friday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The Pittsburgh Penguins need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 24 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 42 assists and Kris Letang has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 92 goals on 928 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 67 goals on 917 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 14 of their last 19 games.
The Anaheim Ducks need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Adam Henrique leads Anaheim with 24 goals, Ryan Getzlaf has 27 assists and Rickard Rakell has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 139 goals on 1,438 shots faced and Ryan Miller has allowed 52 goals on 557 shots. The Anaheim Ducks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 15 games.
The Penguins are 7-0 in their last 7 Friday games, 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Ducks are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Penguins last 9 road games. The over is 5-2 in Ducks last 7 overall. The Penguins are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won five of the last eight meetings against the Ducks and enter this contest looking to put an end to their sudden losing streak. The Anaheim Ducks have had issues all year stringing wins together and home ice hasn't helped them all that much as of late. The Ducks are top-five worst teams in terms of money lost this season, while the Penguins are one of a handful of teams that's still profitable. I'll lay the juice with the Penguins, a game they should cruise.