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Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/27/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins (43-27-6) at Detroit Red Wings (27-38-11)
Date & Time Tuesday March 27, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Detroit Red Wings +193 / Pittsburgh Penguins -215 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
AT&TSN, FSDT, TSN
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NHL | Pittsburgh Penguins (43-27-6) at Detroit Red Wings (27-38-11)
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a feel good victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 42 goals, Sidney Crosby has 57 assists and Phil Kessel has 246 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 117 goals on 1,277 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 63 goals on 687 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in each of their last six games.

The Detroit Red Wings could use a feel good victory here after losing 13 of their last 14 games. The Detroit Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Mantha leads Detroit with 23 goals, Dylan Larkin has 42 assists and Henrik Zetterberg has 158 shots on goal. Defensively, the Detroit Red Wings are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jimmy Howard has given up 150 goals on 1,642 shots faced and Jared Coreau has allowed 15 goals on 104 shots. The Detroit Red Wings have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Penguins are 9-2 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest, 24-9 in their last 33 Tuesday games and 23-11 in their last 34 overall. The Red Wings are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 7-19 in their last 26 Tuesday games and 17-38 in their last 55 overall. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

There's zero value in backing the Detroit Red Wings, as they've clearly given up on the season, are getting beat up defensively and have just one win since February 28. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the hotter teams the last two months and have their offense clicking right now. I don't like laying heavy juice, but this game could get very ugly for the Red Wings, especially with them being on the end of a back to back.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Penguins -215

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