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Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins (19-17-3) at Detroit Red Wings (14-16-7)
Date & Time Sunday December 31, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +113 / Pittsburgh Penguins -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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NHL action comes to Little Caesars Arena where the Detroit Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have so much offensive talent that makes the team scary when the puck is going in the net but there are times when this offense looks downright ordinary. Pittsburgh looked ordinary Friday night in a 2-1 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes which is a team the Penguins have enjoyed a great deal of success against. Not this time with Brian Dumoulin’s goal in the first being the only bright spot.

The surging Hurricanes responded with a pair of second period goals with Derek Ryan lighting the lamp at 6:25 on assists from Elias Lindholm and Klas Dahlbeck. Sebastian Aho scored the game winner with his unassisted tally with 1:55 remaining in the period and the Canes defense took over from there. Cam Ward stopped 27 shots to lift Carolina while Tristan Jarry recorded 31 saves in defeat.

The Detroit Red Wings are struggling to string wins together and need to do so going forward to make a run at the postseason. Detroit snapped a three game skid with a 3-2, shootout victory against the visiting New York Rangers on Friday night. New York saw David Desharnais tally with 2:25 left in the first and Vinni Lettieri score 2:35 in to the third. 

The Red Wings offense came from Andreas Athanasiou in the second period with the equalizer coming off the stick of Henrik Zetterberg in the final period. Frans Nielsen scored the lone goal in the shootout to secure the two points for Detroit and Jimmy Howard stood tall in the nets with 37 stops. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots for the Rangers.

Penguins are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and Penguins are 16-5 in their last 21 Sunday games. Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record and under is 4-0 in Red Wings last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and under is 4-0 in Red Wings last 4 home games. Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Detroit and over is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings. 

Goaltenders have generally gotten a workout when these teams take the ice so I’m looking at the over here…

over 5.5 // will update

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