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Penguins Looking for Eighth Straight Win Tonight in Pittsburgh

Crosby Penguins

The Los Angeles Kings head to the Steel City tonight with their sights set on derailing a Penguins team that’s won seven in a row. During the seven-game streak, the Pens have averaged 5.6 goals per game, but the Kings have been one of the NHL’s best teams at keeping the puck out of the net, allowing just 2.59 goals per game.

Shark Bites
  • In 14 games with a day off between games this season, Sidney Crosby has 20 points.
  • The Kings are 0-3 SU in their last three games after a win.
  • The Penguins are 4-1 against the puckline in their last five home games.

Since the start of the month, the Kings have been a bit up and down, however, as they’ve allowed 14 goals in their three losses, but in their three wins they allowed just five. After a rough stretch in October and November that saw them lose six of seven road games, their road woes might be behind them as they’ve since won three out of four outside of LA.

Taking a look at the total, which opened at 5.5 goals, Pittsburgh has been a money OVER bet recently, topping the number in an amazing 12 straight games. LA has been an inconsistent totals bet this season, but has only gone UNDER twice in the last 13 games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Pittsburgh sat as -205 favorites over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5.5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 4.3-1.3 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.

Los Angeles Kings vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 20-7-3 so far on the season. The Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile, are 15-12-2. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Pittsburgh go 19-6-4 and the Kings go 10-12-5 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The Kings - Penguins odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 4 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Los Angeles is at No. 14.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.6 goals per game, against a Kings defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.66 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 21.3% while the Kings defense kills off 82.65% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Kings were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Senators. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -174 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 7-0 result against the Coyotes on December 12. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -330 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Los Angeles is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • Los Angeles is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
  • Los Angeles is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles at Boston, Sunday, December 18th
Pittsburgh at Toronto, Saturday, December 17th