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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Detroit Red Wings - 12/27/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Red Wings (15-17-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (18-12-6)
Date & Time Thursday December 27, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -270 / Detroit Red Wings +220 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FS-Detroit, TVA
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NHL | Detroit Red Wings (15-17-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (18-12-6)
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The Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Thursday night.

The Detroit Red Wings will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto in their last outing. Toronto took the lead just :27 into the game before Filip Hronek and Michael Rasmussen helped the Wings take a 2-1 lead by the end of the opening period. Christoffer Ehn gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead before Toronto tied the game after 40 minutes of play. Franz Nielsen gave Detroit a 4-3 lead and almost held on for the win before the Leafs tied the game in the dying seconds to send us to overtime where the Leafs took home the win and the extra point. Jonathan Bernier took the loss, falling to 5-9-2 this season after allowing all 5 goals on 24 shots in the losing effort.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in their last outing. Kris Letang opened the scoring for the Pens, giving Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Jake Guentzel scored both of Pittsburgh’s goals in the 2nd period to give us the eventual 3-0 final score line with Sidney Crosby ending the night as the primary assist on all 3 Penguin goals in the winning effort. Matt Murray got the win to improve to 7-5-1 this season after stopping all 39 shots faced for his 2nd shutout of the season.

Detroit is 18-37 in their last 55 road games and 1-7 in their last 8 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record. Pittsburgh is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 home games. Detroit is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams but just 3-10 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

The plus money is tempting considering that Detroit has had a lot of recent success between these two teams, but the issue is that Detroit can’t keep the puck out of the net while the Penguins are starting to hit their stride heading into the Christmas break. I’m not a fan of the price, but something worth noting is that each of the last 10 meetings have been decided by 2 or more goals, so I’ll side with Pittsburgh on the puck line here to negate the heavy juice.

Pick:
Pittsburgh -1.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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