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Penguins Look to Keep the Home Cooking Going Against the Preds

Fresh off leading his division to a win at the three-on-three all-star game tournament, Sidney Crosby will look to make some more sweet music on the ice when he and the Penguins host the Nashville Predators at the PPG Paints Arena tonight. Pittsburgh has dominated this matchup the last five years as the Pens have dropped just two contests to the Preds in their last nine meetings.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 23 of the Penguins' last 30 games.
  • The Preds are 7-1 SU and on the puckline in their last 8 games on the road against teams with winning records.
  • The Penguins are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games on Tuesday.

Both teams will be without one of their top players tonight with Roman Josi out indefinitely with a concussion and Evgeni Malkin still recovering from a lower-body injury that forced him to miss the all-star game. The Penguins will, however, see the return of their best defenseman, Kris Letang, and he’ll be a sight for sore eyes. Pittsburgh dropped two straight contests heading into the break and Tanger will give them a major boost at both ends of the ice.

The Preds have had some issues keeping the puck out of their own net this year and that’s an area in which Nashville is known to thrive. The Penguins are the highest-scoring team in the NHL right now and they’ve been blowing teams out of the water at home. Nashville could get burned out of the building tonight if the Pens offense heats up.

Nashville Predators vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Penguins sit at 30-13-5 on the season; in comparison, the Nashville Predators are currently 24-17-8. Looking to wager on the totals? Pittsburgh is 31-13-4 OU, and Nashville is 23-22-4 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Nashville injuries news.

The Predators - Penguins odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 3 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Nashville is at No. 22.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 1-ranked offense (3.58 goals per game) against a Nashville Predators defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.65 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 22.75% rate while the Predators have a 83.11% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Predators were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blue Jackets. That made winners of bettors who got Nashville at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Pittsburgh was a 4-3 loser in its last match on the road against the Bruins. They lost as +111 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville's last 5 games
  • Nashville is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Nashville home to Edmonton, Thursday, February 2nd
Pittsburgh home to Columbus, Friday, February 3rd

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