Vancouver Canucks (17-7-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (17-5-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 4, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -165 / Vancouver Canucks +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins play Thursday at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Vancouver Canucks have won four of their last five games and will play their fourth straight road game. The Canucks offense is averaging 3.1 goals per game and has scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Vancouver Canucks have scored four power play goals in their last two games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals. Radim Vrbata leads Vancouver with 11 goals, Daniel Sedin has 18 assists and Nick Bonino has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canucks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Ryan Miller has allowed 47 goals on 520 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 20 goals on 189 shots.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have also won four of their last five games and are in first place in their division. The Penguins offense is averaging 3.3 goals per game and has scored 10 goals in their last four games. The Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t scored a power play goal in three straight games and have won 12 of their last 13 games overall when scoring three or more goals. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 12 goals, Sidney Crosby has 24 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a pp goal in five of their last eight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 40 goals on 552 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 12 goals on 165 shots.
The Canucks are 10-2 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 19-40 in their last 59 vs. a team with a winning record. The Penguins are 81-35 in their last 116 home games and 37-17 in their last 54 vs. Western Conference. The Canucks are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
The Canucks haven't had much success against winning teams and the Penguins are usually an automatic win when playing at home. I don't love the steep chalk but Pittsburgh should win this game.