Minnesota Wild (18-18-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (25-10-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 13, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -190 / Minnesota Wild +171 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins play Tuesday night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Minnesota Wild are dead last in the Central with losses in five straight games. The Wild are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have scored one power play goal in their last four games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jason Zucker leads Minnesota with 15 goals, Jason Pominville has 23 assists and Nino Niederreiter has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Darcy Kuemper has allowed 65 goals on 661 shots faced and Niklas Backstrom has given up 45 goals on 417 shots. The Wild have lost three straight road games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are second in their division and have split their last six games. The Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have two power play goals in their last eight games and have won six of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 32 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 71 goals on 960 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 21 goals on 258 shots.
The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The Penguins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Central and 88-39 in their last 127 home games. The Wild are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh and 9-4-1 in the last 14 meetings overall.
While the Wild have had great success in Pittsburgh, they're simply not the same team they've been in the past. Take Pittsburgh and the spread to give you more bang for your buck.