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Penguins Have Owned Ducks on Home Ice

Anaheim and Pittsburgh will renew hostilities in a Saturday night matchup and the defending Cup champs are one of the biggest favorites on the busy NHL slate tonight. The Ducks have been awful in October games the last couple of seasons and will be pulling out all the stops tonight in hopes of crawling back to .500 after their season-opening loss.

SHARK BITES
  • The Ducks are 0-6 in their last 6 games in October.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of the Ducks' last 4 games against the Penguins.
  • The Ducks are 1-7 in their last 8 games on the road against the Penguins.

Marc-Andre Fleury gets the call for the Pens tonight after leading his team to a 3-2 shootout win against Braden Holtby and the Capitals in Game 1 of the season. Pittsburgh’s current No. 1 has, undeservedly, lost a lot of respect lately but he’s still legit. He made 39 stops in that win against Washington and had a save percentage of .921 last season.

John Gibson had a rough go in the Ducks’ opener, allowing four goals on just 20 shots, so former Maple Leaf Jonathan Bernier will be asked handle netminding duties for the Ducks tonight after posting excellent numbers in the preseason. Bernier has the talent to be a No. 1 tendy in the NHL so if he proves himself tonight, he may earn himself a few extra starts.

Pittsburgh has owned Anaheim in recent matchups and it’s tough to see that changing tonight. These teams play drastically different styles so it will be interesting to see if the high-flying, high volume shooting style of the Penguins is able to dominate a Ducks team that allows very few shots per 60 minutes.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Anaheim Ducks opened as 104 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 2.8-2.6 win for the Penguins on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Anaheim Ducks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins sport a record of 1-0-0 heading into this matchup, while the Anaheim Ducks sit at 0-1-0 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 0-0-1 for the Penguins and 1-0 for the Ducks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Anaheim injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 1 (Pittsburgh Penguins) and the No. 8 (Anaheim Ducks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Ducks defense that ranks No. 18 at 4 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 50% while the Ducks defense kills off 100% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Anaheim lost its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Stars on October 13. Bettors who backed the Stars at -120 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Penguins were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Capitals. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -106 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Anaheim is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Anaheim is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Anaheim is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Anaheim is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Anaheim at New York, Sunday, October 16th
Pittsburgh home to Colorado, Monday, October 17th

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