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Arizona Coyotes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/16/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins (16-14-3) at Arizona Coyotes (7-22-5)
Date & Time Saturday December 16, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +149 / Pittsburgh Penguins -165 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Arizona
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Saturday night NHL action features the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Arizona Coyotes.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have gone from playing well to needing a win and avoiding a slump. Pittsburgh had won five of six but have turned around and lost three straight capped off by a 2-1 defeat at the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday that has seen the offense score twice in consecutive 2-1 decisions. The Penguins only goal came at 12:04 of the first off the stick of Ian Cole.

The Golden Knight opened the scoring at 1:41 of the opening period on a James Neal marker on assists from Colin Miller and David Perron before Jon Merrill tallied the game winner at 8:17 of the third on an assist from Erik Haula. Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 24 stops to beat his former team while Matt Murray gave up two goals on 26 shots for Pittsburgh.

The Arizona Coyotes are well aware that the season is slowly slipping from their grasp and an immediate turn around is needed. Arizona has been struggling at both ends of the ice in dropping four straight and eight of ten overall. The Coyotes are coming off of a 4-1 loss at the hands of the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning with Clayton Keller coring the lone goal in the second.

The balanced Tampa Bay attack saw goals from Vladislav Namestnikov, Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson. Andrei Vasilevskiy improved his record to 21-4-1 for the league leading Lightning while Antti Raanta gave up all four goals on 48 shots.

Penguins are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and under is 5-1 in Penguins last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and over is 5-1-1 in Penguins last 7 vs. a team with a losing record. Coyotes are 0-4 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and over is 5-0-1 in Coyotes last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and under is 4-0 in Coyotes last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. Home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and Penguins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. 

The way both teams have been scoring I am looking at the under but goalies have not been confirmed…

Pick:
under 5.5 will update

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