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NHL betting line favors Penguins over Jets

Winnipeg Jets

Pittsburgh Penguins
19-20-5 January 05, 2014, 01:00 PM | Consol Energy Centre 30-12-1

The Penguins get a visit from the Winnipeg Jets in hockey action on Sunday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Jets will try to spoil to the party on Sunday; they are 19-20-5 this season, while the Penguins are 30-12-1. Winnipeg is 18-21-5 on the totals; Pittsburgh is 18-21-4.

View Winnipeg Jets vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Jets listed earlier today as underdogs of 181 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 2-ranked Penguins and the No. 19-rated Jets in this matchup.

Last time out for Winnipeg, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -210 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game PUSH for totals bettors.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 5-2 winner at home against the Rangers. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -155 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 5-ranked offense (3.16 goals per game) against a Jets defense that ranks No. 20 at 2.93 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 25.87% rate while the Jets have a 83.23% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Jets at Penguins trends to consider:
Winnipeg is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Winnipeg is 3-17 SU in its last 20 games when playing Pittsburgh
Winnipeg is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Winnipeg home to Tampa Bay, Tuesday, January 7th
Pittsburgh at Vancouver, Tuesday, January 7th