Detroit Red Wings (17-17-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (22-19-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 13, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins / Detroit Red Wings --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the Detroit Red Wings to PPG PAINTS Arena for NHL action on Saturday.
The Detroit Red Wings probably saw the bye week come at the wrong time with the tem solid hockey at both ends of the ice. Detroit had won four straight before entering the break on a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Red Wings saw goals from Gustav Nyqvist and Justin Abdelkader with Petr Mrazek stopping 19 shots in the loss.
Yanni Gourde paced the Tampa Bay attack with a pair of goals with Nikita Kucherov, Dan Girardi and Tyler Johnson also finding the back of the net. Vladimir Namestnikov and Ondrej Palat added two assists apiece for the Lightning and Louis Dominigue recorded 34 stops to get the win.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were woefully inconsistent heading in to their bye week and have looked nothing like the two time Stanley Cup champions. Pittsburgh had won two straight and three of four after outscoring the Boston Bruins 6-5 in OT.
Ryan Spooner, Brad Marchand, Noel Acciari, David Pastrnak and David Backes all scored for the Bruins with Tuukka Rask allowing all six goals on 35 shots. The Penguins saw scoring from Jamie Oleksiak, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Evegeni Malkin, and Riley Sheahan. Malkin scored his second of the game in overtime and Matt Murray picked up the win in relief with six saves.
Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 Saturday games and Red Wings are 1-10 in their last 11 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals and Red Wings are 1-6 in their last 7 road games. Penguins are 1-6 in their last 7 games following a win and over is 11-3-1 in Penguins last 15 games playing on 3 or more days rest and Penguins are 7-2 in their last 9 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game. Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh and over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and Red Wings are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Pittsburgh.
When these team get together their tends to be plenty of offense so I’ll go with the over…