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Visitors Struggling Between Pens, ‘Hawks

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What was once the premier showdown between the East and West has lost some of its luster this season with the Pittsburgh Penguins middling and the Chicago Blackhawks 10 points behind the top spot in the Western Conference. That doesn't mean that a clash between the Penguins and Blackhawks on Tuesday won't bring out some of the biggest stars in the hockey world though. However, history suggests the Blackhawks are in a bad position as the road team has lost five of the past six games between these two teams.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 6-1 in their last seven games against the Central Division.
  • The Blackhawks are 2-5 in their last seven games following consecutive wins.
  • Patrick Kane was held without a point in two games against the Penguins last season.

The Blackhawks have won their past three games with the offense blowing up for 14 goals in those contests. Patrick Kane continues his chase for the Rocket Richard Trophy as the winger has notched two goals and five assists in the past three games.

The Penguins enter Tuesday’s game winning their past two games, but have gone just 6-8-1 since the start of December. Though much has been made of Sidney Crosby’s offensive struggles, the Cole Harbour-native has scored five goals while adding two assists in the past five games. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Pittsburgh Penguins as -103 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL betting matchup earlier. The over under total, meanwhile, was set early at 5 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3-2.7 result in favor of the Penguins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Blackhawks will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 23-13-4 this season, while the Penguins are 19-15-4. Chicago is 14-19-7 on the totals; Pittsburgh is 13-19-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Chicago injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 14-rated Pittsburgh Penguins and the No. 3-ranked Chicago Blackhawks, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 25-ranked offense (2.39 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.42 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 18.9% rate while the Blackhawks have a 81.42% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago won its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Senators on January 03. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -190 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Islanders on January 02. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -137 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Chicago is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games on the road
  • Chicago is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Chicago is 7-11-3 SU in its last 21 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Chicago

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, January 6th