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Detroit Red Wings vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Matchup Report

Pittsburgh Penguins

Detroit Red Wings
45-19-4 March 20, 2014, 07:30 PM | Joe Louis Arena 31-24-13

Pittsburgh pays a visit to Detroit on Thursday, hoping to shut down the Red Wings snipers in hockey action at Joe Louis Arena.

The Penguins will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 45-19-4 this season, while the Red Wings are 31-24-13. Pittsburgh is 32-31-5 on the totals; Detroit is 28-35-5.View Pittsburgh Penguins vs Detroit Red Wings Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Penguins listed earlier today as favorites of -126 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Red Wings rated this week at No. 7 and the Penguins sitting at No. 15.

In their last action, Detroit was a 3-2 winner at home against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Detroit at -124 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Detroit's No. 19-ranked offense (2.62 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.47 goals per game allowed. The Red Wings powerplay has clicked at a 17.15% rate while the Penguins have a 86.26% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Tampa Bay, Saturday, March 22nd
Detroit at Minnesota, Saturday, March 22nd