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NHL Betting Odds Penguins vs. Blackhawks NBCSN

NHL Hockey Predictions

The Pittsburgh Penguins are perennial favorites at Top rated sportsbooks to win the Stanley Cup and with plenty of good reason. The Penguins won Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017 and won the Metropolitan Division last year before being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. So far this year the Penguins have been inconsistent but remain capable with plenty of firepower. For the Chicago Blackhawks the season is already over. They are in the ultimate depths of a bomb shelter that they cannot possibly hope to dig out of.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 8 p.m. ET

Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

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Penguins vs. Blackhawks TV Coverage: NBCSN

Pittsburgh Penguins Record and Metrics

Pittsburgh has a record of 12-10-4-2 with a road mark of 5-4-2-2. The Penguins have gone over the total in just five of their 13 away games. Pittsburgh has won four of their last seven games with four of their last six games going over the total. The Penguins rank eighth in the NHL for goal scoring, eighth for the power play, 22nd for goals against and seventh for penalty killing.

Chicago Blackhawks Record and Metrics

Chicago is literally dropping from the sky with eight losses in their last nine games to now stand at 9-16-4-1 as the last place team in the Central Division. The Blackhawks have also gone under the total in just one of their last nine matchups at online sportsbooks. Chicago has a home record of 5-5-2-1 with just five of their 13 home games going over the total. Chicago has among the worst metrics in the NHL with rankings of 26th for goal scoring, 31st for the power play, 30th for goals against, and 29th for the penalty kill.

ATS Numbers

Chicago has been in the red at home with 13 losses in their last 19 games at the United Center. Seven of the Blackhawks last nine home games have gone under the total.

Pittsburgh has drowned gamblers in red ink recently in road games. The Penguins have lost seven of their last eight games on away ice with just two of their last six away games going over the total.

Head to Head Series

Incredibly enough the Blackhawks have won eight straight games against the Penguins with just one of those games also going over the total. Pittsburgh has lost six in a row at Chicago with three of their last four visits going under the total.

Penguins to Watch

Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby continues to excel at an elite level. The 2015 number one NHL draft pick is now in his 13th season and has a team best 15 goals to go with 17 assists and a plus 10. The Penguins will have the best defensemen on the ice with Kris Letang. Letang has seven goals with 17 assists with a plus five. Supplementing the Pittsburgh weaponry is Evgeni Malkin with 10 goals and 23 assists. Further help comes from Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist who have 12 goals each.

Blackhawks to Watch

While the Blackhawks are headlined by the tandem of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews it is simply not the same. Kane has 13 goals with 19 assists but a minus eight while Toews has 13 goals with 11 assists and a minus two.A big part of the problem is that far too much of the burden is on Kane and Toews because the supporting cast is weak.

Between the Pipes

Chicago’s top goaltender Corey Crawford has a .902 save percentage and a 3.22 goals against average.

Pittsburgh’s Casey DeSmith has played well in place of the injure Matt Murray with a save percentage of .923 and a 2.43 goals against average.

Hockey Betting Picks

Penguins vs. Blackhawks Live Betting Odds Free Picks

Best odds have to favor Pittsburgh here. The Chicago streak was built on a much better team than the one that will take the ice in this one.

Penguins vs. Blackhawks Live Betting Pick: Bet the Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins vs. Blackhawks Score Prediction: Penguins 3, Blackhawks 1