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Coyotes in Tough Against Streaking Penguins

After a busy weekend in the NHL, we have just two games on the Monday schedule and only one of them is worth watching. Hint, it’s not this one. The Penguins have absolutely dominated the Coyotes in Pittsburgh and with Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Pens on a five-game winning streak, there likely won’t be any massive upset happening tonight.  

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Coyotes' last 7 games against the Penguins.
  • The Coyotes are 1-4 in their last 5 games on the road against the Penguins.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Penguins' last 10 games.

The Penguins are starting to put it all together and it looks like their star-studded lineup is finally kicking it into high gear. During Pittsburgh’s five-game streak, Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel have combined for 26 points and their captain has been basically unstoppable.

The ’Yotes, on the other hand, are coming off their first win in seven games and have won consecutive games just twice this season. Although having Mike Smith back in net is a major boost, he can’t do it all himself. The No. 1 tendy has faced 33 or more shots in seven of his last eight starts and he’s stopped 40 or more pucks four times in that span.

Smith, assuming he gets the nod tonight, will be facing the top producing team of five-on-five shots, so he’ll have to be on his toes. If the Pens don’t win this by at least two or three, I’ll be extremely surprised.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as -275 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.7-1.2 win for the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Arizona Coyotes vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins currently sport a record of 18-7-3. The Arizona Coyotes are 9-13-5. Betting totals have seen the Penguins post a 18-6-4 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Coyotes have gone 8-16-3 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Arizona injuries news.

The Pittsburgh Penguins sit at No. 5 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Arizona Coyotes sit at a No. 29 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 2-ranked offense (3.46 goals per game) against a Arizona Coyotes defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.07 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 19.59% rate while the Coyotes have a 81.11% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Arizona, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Predators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Coyotes at +157 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Lightning on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -114 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Arizona is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Arizona is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 5 games
  • Arizona is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Arizona at Detroit, Tuesday, December 13th
Pittsburgh home to Boston, Wednesday, December 14th

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