NHL Game for Friday: Pittsburgh Penguins at Anaheim Ducks
Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are on fire. Ryan Getzlaf and the reeling Anaheim Ducks are most certainly not. Now, with these two teams headed in completely polar opposite directions, let’s find out if the Ducks can tame the Pens on NHL Friday Night.
Pittsburgh has won nine of their last 10 games and comes into this contest off an emphatic 5-1 smackdown of Florida on Tuesday. The Penguins are averaging 3.5 goals per game to rank a stellar fifth in scoring while limiting the opposition to 2.8 goals per contest defensively (10th). Pittsburgh has scored three goals or more in each of their last eight games while scoring five or more goals in four of those contests while putting seven goals on the board against the Rangers last week. Pittsburgh has gone 11-5-2-2 on the road this season and they’ve won each of their last five road dates.
Anaheim has gone 1-9 in their last 10 games and the Ducks will ride a dismal nine-game losing streak into this affair that includes their crushing 2-1 overtime loss against Ottawa on Wednesday.
The Ducks are averaging just 2.3 goals per game to rank an uninspiring 30th in scoring while giving up 2.9 goals per game defensively (15th). Anaheim has been limited to one goal or less in six of their last nine games while scoring over two goals just twice over their last 10 contests. The Ducks have gone 10-6-6-2 at home this season.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Anaheim is in serious trouble in this contest. Pittsburgh is a scoring machine while Anaheim can barely light the lamp these days. The Penguins are 8-1 in their last nine games against a team with a losing record, 10-2 in their last dozen games against teams from the Pacific Division and a blistering 20-6 in their last 26 games against teams from the Western Conference. Conversely, Anaheim has gone 8-21 in their last 29 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game, 3-13 in their last 16 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and 0-5 in their last five home games.
Don’t think twice about it YouWager NHL hockey betting faithful…id the Kid and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the easy pick to win and cover the Puck Line.
Predicted Score: Pittsburgh Penguins 5 | Anaheim Duck 1
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