Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/18/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Ppg Paints Arena)

Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins

TV: ATTP, NBCS

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Tuesday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 42 goals, Mitch Marner has 45 assists and Morgan Rielly has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 123 goals on 1,336 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 48 goals on 421 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 12 games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 40 assists and Kris Letang has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 84 goals on 876 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 58 goals on 833 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 14 games.

The Maple Leafs are 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog, 3-8 in their last 11 games as a road underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 20-7 in their last 27 games as a favorite, 142-65 in their last 207 home games and 22-8 in their last 30 overall. The under is 4-1 in Maple Leafs last 5 overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Penguins last 5 overall. The Maple Leafs are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Pittsburgh. The home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have won six of the last nine meetings against the Penguins, but they haven't had much success in the underdog role and that defense can be hard to trust at times against the better teams in the league. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been one of the more consistent teams in the league over the last month or so and we don't get prices with them this cheap much these days. At home with a team piling up the points, not sure how you don't side with the Penguins. 

Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -137

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