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NHL betting line favors Penguins over Wild

Minnesota Wild

Pittsburgh Penguins
20-11-5 December 19, 2013, 07:00 PM | Consol Energy Centre 25-10-1

NHL wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Minnesota battle on Thursday at Consol Energy Centre as the Penguins try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

This season the Penguins are 25-10-1 overall while the Wild are 20-11-5. As for the totals, Pittsburgh is 13-19-4 on the OU, and Minnesota is 9-20-7.

View Minnesota Wild vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

The Penguins were listed earlier today as -168 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

The Penguins - Wild odds would favor the Penguins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 2 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Minnesota is at No. 20.

Minnesota won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Canucks on December 17. Bettors who backed the Wild at -110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 4-3 winner on the road against the Rangers. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +108 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. 7-ranked offense (3.11 goals per game) against a Wild defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.31 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 26.89% rate while the Wild have a 78.63% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Wild at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 9-1-1 SU in its last 11 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 2-8-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Minnesota
Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at New York, Sunday, December 22nd
Pittsburgh home to Calgary, Saturday, December 21st