Game Preview and Betting AnalysisThe Penguins are coming off a pretty successful road trip, where they went 2-1, winning both games in Alberta before falling 0-5 to the Vancouver Canucks. It has been a bit of a weird stretch for Pittsburgh, as it seems to be either feast or famine for them. In the last 6 games, they have shutout their opponents twice, whilst being shut out on 3 different occasions. More troublesome, though, is the fact that they have only managed to win 3 of their last 10 games. The result of that poor run is that they are now sitting behind the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division, and have Washington and the Rangers breathing down their necks. If they don’t pull out of this slump soon, they may fall all the way to the Wild Card spot.
At the opposite end of the form spectrum is where you will find the Detroit Red Wings. They have 9 wins in their last 10 games, and have hauled themselves into contention in the Atlantic Division. This is a team that is firing on all cylinders at the moment, especially on the power play, where they have the top ranked unit with a 25.5% efficiency average. You do not want to be spending any amount of time in the penalty box when facing the Red Wings, as they will eventually burn you. Left winger Tomas Tatar has been the man on fire during this 10-game stretch, as the Czech has tallied 7 goals and 5 assists during that period. Key Betting Trends Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games Pittsburgh is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games on the road Detroit is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit’s last 7 games on the road