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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vancouver Canucks - 2/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Vancouver Canucks (25-25-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (34-13-7)
Date & Time Tuesday February 14, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -240 / Vancouver Canucks +210 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
ROOT-Pittsburgh
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The Pittsburgh Penguins welcome the Vancouver Canucks to the PPG PAINTS Arena for a Tuesday NHL hockey tilt.

 

The Vancouver Canucks need every point they can get for their second half playoff drive and they picked up two big ones in a 4-2 victory on the road at Buffalo on Sunday. The Sabres hung tough with the game knotted up at 2-2 in the second but their offense was unable to generate anything else. The Buffalo offense came off the sticks of Kyle Okposo and Tyler Ennis as the team was looking for back to back victories but instead fell to 3-5-1 in the past nine contests with Robin Lehner taking the loss. The Canucks saw Michael Chaput tally twice with Bo Horvat and Alexandre Burrows also scoring while Jacob Markstrom picked up the win with a 26 save performance.

Some teams are having very little success on the season and are thought by many to be automatic losers when taking the ice against most teams which was Saturday’s situation against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, the Coyotes gave the Gila River Arena crowd something to cheer about in 4-3, overtime victory against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Connor Murphy scored with a mere 22 seconds remaining in OT to win it while Martin Hanzal scored twice with Tobias Rieder also scoring to make a winner of goalie Mike Smith. The Penguins featured a pair of goals from AHL call up Josh Archibald with Phil Kessel scoring with 14 seconds left in the game to force the extra session but Marc-Andre Fleury absorbing the defeat. 

The Canucks are 3-13 in their last 16 vs. Metropolitan and the over is 4-1-1 in Canucks last 6 overall while the Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win. The over is 6-1-1 in Penguins last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and the under is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 while the Penguins are 11-3 in their last 14 Tuesday games. The over is 4-1-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings in Pittsburgh while the Canucks are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.

There are mixed signals with the total in this match up but the Penguins have done well against Vancouver although goalies have not been announced…

Pick:
Pittsburgh -.5 // will update

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