Chicago Blackhawks (28-15-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-12-6)
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 21, 2015, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins +100 / Chicago Blackhawks -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins play Wednesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Chicago Blackhawks have split their last 10 games and begin a seven-game road trip. The Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Chicago Blackhawks have scored two power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 22 goals, Jonathan Toews has 27 assists and Brandon Saad has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blackhawks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Corey Crawford has allowed 65 goals on 814 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 20 goals on 322 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have lost five of their last seven games and are slowly dropping in the standings. The Penguins are averaging three goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored three power play goals in their last three games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 36 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last nine games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 82 goals on 1,043 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 25 goals on 312 shots.
The Blackhawks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and 65-29 in their last 94 games playing on 0 days rest. The Penguins are 89-40 in their last 129 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Blackhawks are 1-7-1 in the last 9 meetings in Pittsburgh and 5-11-2 in the last 18 meetings overall.
In a toss up game, I like the home team and the even money. The Penguins have done a nice job of defending home ice against the Blackhawks and with Chicago's inconsistency, I like them to continue that trend.