Pittsburgh Penguins (7-4-1) at Winnipeg Jets (4-3-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 29, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets / Pittsburgh Penguins --- Over/Under:
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets meet Sunday in NHL action at the MTS Centre.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 27.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with five goals, Evgeni Malkin has eight assists and Phil Kessel has 50 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 25 goals on 283 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 16 goals on 79 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Winnipeg Jets look for a big home victory after splitting their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 12.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikolaj Ehlers leads Winnipeg with six goals, Blake Wheeler has seven assists and Mark Scheifele has 18 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 12 goals on 174 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 18 goals on 141 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games. Joel Armia is questionable for this game.
The Penguins are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 16-5 in their last 21 Sunday games. The Jets are 8-0 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-0 in their last 4 Sunday games and 11-5 in their last 16 overall. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Winnipeg, 46-14 in the last 60 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
It's hard to beat the same team twice in a week, and it's got to be even harder on the end of a back-to-back. The Penguins needed overtime to beat the Jets on Tuesday, and they haven't had much recent success playing a second game in as many days. The Jets have lost two straight heartbreakers on the road in overtime, and they have to be thrilled to be back home catching Pittsburgh on short rest. This is a game Winnipg should be able to steal on its home ice.