Penguins head outside with Blackhawks

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks will be meeting for the first time since 2011 on Saturday night as those Stanley Cup contenders battle in NHL betting action outside at Soldier Field.

Overall the Penguins are 6-3-1 on the NHL odds at the sportsbooks in their last 10 games against the Blackhawks dating all the way back to 2003. The OVER has only paid off three times for totals bettors in their last 10 matchups.

The Blackhawks are 35-12-14 so far on the season. The Penguins, meanwhile, are 40-15-4. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 31-30 and the Penguins go 28-26-5 on the totals.

View Pittsburgh Penguins vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Chicago sat as -142 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Blackhawks at No. 10 and the Penguins at No. 9 heading into this contest.

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In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-5 loser at home against the Canadiens. Bettors on Montreal at +170 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

The Blackhawks were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got New York at +106 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.41 goals per game, against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.44 goals allowed. The Blackhawks power play is averaging 21.76% while the Penguins defense kills off 86.19% of their penalties.

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Nashville, Tuesday, March 4th
Chicago home to Colorado, Tuesday, March 4th

 

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