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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 2/2/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins +118 / Toronto Maple Leafs -143 -- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
ATTP, RSNO
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Saturday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 24 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 24 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 41 assists and Sidney Crosby has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 67 goals on 742 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed 68 goals on 821 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. John Tavares leads Toronto with 30 goals, Mitch Marner has 42 assists and Morgan Rielly has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 86 goals on 1,13 shots faced and Garret Sparks has allowed 30 goals on 323 shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Penguins are 7-3 in their last 10 road games, 13-6 in their last 19 games playing on 0 days rest and 12-5 in their last 17 overall. The Maple Leafs are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan, 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Penguins are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 6-2-1 in Maple Leafs last 9 overall. The over is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 overall.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have to snap out of this funk sooner than later, and you have to like their chances on their home ice against a respectable opponent. It's games like this where a team as talented as the Maple Leafs should rise to the occasion. With that said, the Pittsburgh Penguins and plus money are oppertunities you can't turn down. The Penguins are still a threat to win any time they time the ice and playing on the end of back to backs hasn't bothered them. The value is usually always on the Pittsburgh Penguins whenever getting plus money.

Pick:
Pittsburgh Penguins +118

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