Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Florida Panthers - 1/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins

Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 5:00 PM (PPG Paints Arena)

PIT -155, O/U 6.5

The Florida Panthers head to Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, but first must play the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.  In their last game, Florida was victorious by the score of 6-3 against the Ottawa Senators.  The Panthers received goals from Noel Acciari, Frank Vatrano, Colton Sceviour, Jonathan Huberdeau and 2 goals from Evgenii Dadonov.  Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky recorded the win in net for the Panthers as he made saves on 28 of 31 Ottawa shots in the game. 

The Panthers are now 21-14-5 on the season which puts them in 4th place in the Atlantic Division. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida in points with 55 and in assists with 38 on the season.  Huberdeau also leads Florida in goals as he has recorded 17 so far this year with 3 coming while on the power play.  Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 15-11-4 with 1 shutout and a 3.28 goals against average.  Florida’s backup goalie, Chris Driedger is 3-1-0 with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 2.27. Florida enters Saturday’s game with 1 player listed on their injury report as Mackenzie Weegar is listed as day to day.

The Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the Florida Panthers to town on Sunday, but first must play the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.  In their last game, the Penguins were defeated by the San Jose Sharks by the score of 3-2 in overtime.  Pittsburgh received 2 goals from Patric Hornqvist in the loss.  Pittsburgh goalie Tristian Jarry took the loss in net, making saves on 29 of 32 San Jose shots on the night. 

On the year, the Penguins are 24-11-5 and are currently in 3rd place in the Metropolitan Division. Jake Guentzel leads the Penguins in points with 43 and goals with 20 so far this season.  Evgeni Malkin leads the Penguins in assists on the year with 27.  Pittsburgh has received strong goaltending on the season from both Matt Murray and back up, Tristian Jarry.  On the year, Murray is 11-6-4 with 1 shutout and a 2.96 goals against average, while Jarry is 13-5-1 with 3 shutouts and a 1.94 goals against average. The Penguins currently have 2 players listed on their injury report as Sidney Crosby is on injured reserve and Jake Guentzel are listed as out.    

As of Saturday, the Florida Panthers have scored 3.55 goals per game while allowing 3.35 goals per game.  The Pittsburgh Penguins have scored 3.40 goals per game while allowing 2.68 goals per game.  Both teams are 3-2 in their last 5 games, as Pittsburgh’s loss to San Jose snapped a 3 game winning streak.  These two teams have already played once this season, with Florida coming out on top at home by the score of 4-2.  With both Crosby and Guentzel being out of the Pittsburgh lineup, this would be the perfect game for Florida to pull out another win against a fellow Eastern Conference team.  In their last 3 matchups, the Panthers are 2-0-1 and have outscore the Penguins by an average of 3.00 to 2.33.  I am going with the Panthers in this one.  Florida wins 4-3. 

Travis’s Pick Florida Panthers +135(ML)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.