Minnesota Wild (17-14-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (16-12-6)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 20, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -145 / Minnesota Wild +120 --- Over/Under: 6
The Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Thursday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.
The Minnesota Wild are getting desperate for a victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 24.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 15 goals, Mikael Granlund has 22 assists and Ryan Suter has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 66 goals on 744 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 21 goals on 218 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 15 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 25 assists and Phil Kessel has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 42 goals on 358 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed 51 goals on 659 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Wild are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Penguins are 12-4 in their last 16 games playing on 0 days rest, 107-45 in their last 152 home games and 40-17 in their last 57 Thursday games. The Wild are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Pittsburgh and the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 3-0-1 in Penguins last 4 overall. The under is 5-2 in Wild last 7 overall.
The Minnesota Wild are in one of these slumps where the offense hasn't shown up, and they've had some of their worst results lately on the road. The Pittsburgh Penguins have had no trouble winning on the end of a back to back and are still one of the stronger home teams in the league. The Penguins have also won five of the last eight meetings against the Wild. I'll lay the reasonable price with Pittsburgh at home.