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Goals, OVERs Galore When Penguins, Red Wings Clash

If there has been one constant when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings meet on the ice, it’s that the goal light gets a workout. The Pens and Wings have averaged a combined 7.3 goals per game in their past eight meetings, with the OVER going 7-1. Pittsburgh and Detroit clash at the PPG Paints Arena Saturday.

  • The OVER has hit in each of the Penguins past six games.
  • The Penguins are 5-15 against the puckline in their past 20 games at home.
  • The Red Wings are 2-8 SU in their past 10 trips to Pittsburgh.

Evgeni Malkin, who has recorded six points in his past four games, has reveled throughout against the Red Wings with the center recording six goals and eight assists in 10 career games against Detroit. That being said, the Penguins defensive effort has not been great lately, as the team has surrendered three or more goals in four of their past six.

A sluggish Wings’ offense continues to struggle with injuries mounting, as Detroit has averaged just 1.9 goals in their past nine games while being shutout twice. Only five Red Wings’ players have hit the double-digit points this season and that group has been poor on the defensive end with a combined plus/minus of plus-two.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting Detroit Red Wings in this one, they Red Wings listed earlier today as underdogs of 184 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 0.2-0 result in favor of the Penguins today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Detroit Red Wings vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Detroit Red Wings have seen them go 11-10-3 so far this season, while the Penguins are at 14-7-3. In totals betting, the Pittsburgh Penguins are 14-6-4, while the Red Wings are 9-12-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Detroit injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pittsburgh Penguins rated this week at No. 9 and the Detroit Red Wings sitting at No. 26.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins No. 4-ranked offense (3.12 goals per game) against a Detroit Red Wings defense that ranks No. 11 at 2.54 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 19.28% rate while the Red Wings have a 82.89% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Red Wings were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at -114 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Penguins were a 6-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Stars. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -170 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Detroit is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
  • Detroit is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at New York, Sunday, December 4th
Pittsburgh home to Ottawa, Monday, December 5th