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Plenty of Goals Expected in Pens' Visit to the Peg

With an opening total of 6.5, Vegas is expecting plenty of goals in the final Penguins-Jets meeting of the 2016-17 season. Their first game three weeks ago ended 4-3 in a Pittsburgh overtime win that also cashed the OVER (6.5). The Pens and Jets have been two of the best OVER teams in the league since the all-star break but with their starting goalies heating up, the 6.5-goal total might be too much tonight.

SHARK BITES
  • The Jets are 0-7 SU in their last 7 games at home against teams with winning records.
  • The Penguins are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games against the Jets.
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of the Jets' last 21 games and the Pens have 39 OVERs this year.

On a quiet night in the NHL, this is an awesome game. Both teams score a ton of goals and both play an uptempo style that’s very easy to watch. With the Penguins giving up a total of 49 shots in their last outing and 47 when they last met the Jets, I’m predicting that there will be a plethora of scoring chances this evening and it will be up to the goalies to keep this game UNDER.

The Pens have three games in hand over the team they’re trying to fend off for the final spot in the Metropolitan Division so their motivation is high as they look to improve a below-average 13-12-5 record on the road. The Jets have been one of the streakiest, most inconsistent teams in the NHL this year so it’s really a toss-up whether or not their young core will show up and perform tonight against a hungry team.

Kris Letang is out for the foreseeable future and that’s not good for Matt Murray or the NHL’s goal-light operators. Since he’s been sidelined with his most recent injury, Pittsburgh has given up an average of three goals a game and is 0-2 SU away from PPG Paints Arena.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins before puck drop in this match found them as -135 moneyline favorites at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 6, according to BetOnline.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.5-2.3 win for the Jets on Wednesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Winnipeg Jets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Winnipeg will face the 40-16-8 Penguins. In totals betting, the Jets are 34-27-6 in over under betting so far this season while the Pittsburgh Penguins are 39-21-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Winnipeg vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

This game puts the Winnipeg Jets, most recently No. 14 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who rate a No. 4 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Winnipeg Jets No. 8-ranked offense (2.99 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.81 goals per game allowed. The Jets powerplay has clicked at a 17.59% rate while the Penguins have a 80.19% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 4-3 winner at home against the Sabres. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -285 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Winnipeg, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Sharks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -110 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
  • Winnipeg is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of Winnipeg's last 21 games
  • Winnipeg is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Winnipeg's last 13 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Edmonton, Friday, March 10th
Winnipeg home to Calgary, Saturday, March 11th

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