How to bet Pittsburgh Penguins Vs Detroit Red Wings

Posted by Henry Watkins on Wednesday,December 30, 2015 1:07, EST in

For a while at the beginning of the NHL betting year, it looked as though the Montreal Canadiens were going to run away with the Atlantic Division, but things have now changed dramatically. The Florida Panthers are on top, but just 6 points separates them from 5th place Tampa Bay. The Detroit Red Wings are in the mix, and they will try to stay there when they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins into Joe Louis Arena on Thursday, December 31 at 6 PM EST on TVA.

How to bet Pittsburgh Penguins Vs Detroit Red Wings

These are a pair of teams that are not playing their best hockey at the moment, which makes both of them a little desperate. Both teams have talented squads, though, and they could break out at any given time. This is a game that could go either way, and I’m sure the odds for this one will reflect that. Watch Online Here.

Pittsburgh is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 games
Pittsburgh is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing Detroit
Pittsburgh is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Detroit
Detroit is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit’s last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit’s last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Detroit is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit’s last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

The Penguins have had an awful season.

Why bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins

The season long woes of the Pittsburgh Penguins (17-15-3) have been well documented here, but the one thing few people have been able to figure out is why things have gone so badly. A coaching change seems to have made no difference at all, as the supposedly high-powered offense of the Penguins continues to shoot blanks. They are just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games, and now find themselves 5 points adrift of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. You wonder how much longer this will go on before personnel changes start to happen. As of Tuesday night, the Penguins are averaging 2.2 goals per game, are giving up 2.4 goals per game, and have a road record of 8-8-1.

Why bet on the Detroit Red Wings

No-one was really sure what to expect from the Red Wings (18-12-7) this season, as this was a team in transition with a new coach and GM at the helm. Things have gone pretty well so far, but the Wings are in a bit of a slump right now, going just 3-4-3 in their last 10 games. They are holding on to one of the Wild Card spots in the Western Conference, but are also just 3 points off the pace in the Atlantic Division. A good run of form could easily see them take over the top spot, as this appears to be a division that no-one wants to win. As of Tuesday night, the Detroir Red Wings are averaging 2.5 goals per game, are giving up 2.6 goals per game, and have a home record of 11-7-4.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is an incredibly tough one to call, as neither of these two teams are really playing at a level that inspires any sort of confidence at the moment. I do like the chances of the UNDER on this one, and I think that the Penguins might just sneak it on the road.

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