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St. Louis Blues vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/29/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins (19-12-6) at St. Louis Blues (15-16-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Blues +104 / Pittsburgh Penguins -115 --- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
ATTP, FSMW
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with 16 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 28 assists and Phil Kessel has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 45 goals on 458 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed 52 goals on 700 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed a combined four goals in their last four games.

The St. Louis Blues look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Ryan O'Reilly leads St. Louis with 14 goals, Brayden Schenn has 15 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 79 goals on 812 shots faced and Jordan Binnington has allowed two goals on 12 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed one goal in three of their last four games.

The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win, 17-5 in their last 22 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Blues are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games, 2-7 in their last 9 games following a win and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The road team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 12-5-4 in the last 21 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Penguins last 5 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 overall.

The under is a strong trend no matter where you look in this game, as the Penguins are allowing one goal per game in their last four contests and the Blues have allowed one goal in three of their last four games. The under has hit in majority of the recent games for both clubs and usually hits when these teams meet. In fact, the last 10 meetings between the Penguins and Blues are averaging just 5.1 goals. I'll take the under.

Pick:
Under 6

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