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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Florida Panthers - 1/8/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
PPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh, PA
The Line
Over: 6 (-119) / Under: 6 (-103)
TV Channel
ATT-Pitt, FS-Florida
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The Florida Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night.

The Florida Panthers will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Columbus in their last outing. Columbus opened up the scoring just 1:37 into the game, but Florida would score a pair of goals 4:50 apart thanks to Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Hoffman to take a 2-1 lead ater the opening 20 minutes. Columbus would tie the game at 2-2 and take the lead in the early stages of the 3rd period before Aaron Ekblad tied the game at 3-3 with 2:13 to go, sending us to some free hockey that didn’t last very long as Seth Jones gave Columbus the win just :18 into overtime. James Reimer took the loss, falling to 8-7-4 this season after allowing all 4 goals on 35 shots in the losing effort.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to rebound after a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last time out, snapping their winning streak at 8 games. Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel struck 1:50 apart in the opening 4:33 of the game to help Pittsburgh jump out to a 2-0 lead that was cut in half by the end of the period. Chicago would tie the game before Derick Brassard re-established the advantage for Pittsburgh, but that’s all the scoring Pittsburgh would do as Chicago tied the game after 2 periods of play and took a 4-3 lead just 1:48 into the final period before Jonathan Toews iced the win for Chicago with an empty-netter. Casey DeSmith took the loss, falling to 12-7-4 this season after allowing 4 goals on 30 shots in the losing effort.

Florida is 0-4 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 games against the Metropolitan division while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Pittsburgh is 8-1 in their last 9 games overall and 6-0 in their last 6 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Florida is 8-22 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams and 4-17 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh comes into this one in much better form and are deservedly the favorites here. However, the line is too thick for my liking and the puck line holds no value in my opinion as the last 3 meetings between these two have each been decided by a single goal. With that said, I’m going to side with the over. It has hit in 3 straight and 4 of the last 5 meetings and these two teams are combining for nearly 7 goals per game this season, so I don’t think it’s unreasonable for the over to hit for a 4th straight meeting.

Pick:
Over: 6 (-119)

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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