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Penguins Struggling in Back-to-Backs

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The Pittsburgh Penguins could be embarking on a huge fight to snag ownership of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’ll have to buck one specific trend that has plagued them up to this point of the season: the dreaded second game of back-to-backs.

Shark Bites
  • The Penguins are 2-7 SU in their last nine games after a win.
  • The Blues are 19-6 in their last 25 home games in January.
  • The Blues are 1-3 in their last four games after a win.

The Penguins visit the St. Louis Blues Monday evening and were dominant in a 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday. However, the Pens have won just once in their last eight games in the second of back-to-back spots and are just 2-7 straight up season-to-date in that situation.

They played a home-and-home versus the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the month, losing 3-2 at home on January 5 before losing 3-1 at Chicago on January 6.

Despite a very pedestrian 4-3-3 record in their last 10 and a goal differential of zero, the Blues sit in fourth in the Western Conference with 59 points – seven back of the red-hot Blackhawks at the top of the standings.

The Blues are being offered around -125 in moneyline markets at Bovada, while the Pens are +105. The total is presently at 5.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Penguins to win this game 3.2-2.3. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Pittsburgh Penguins have seen them go 21-16-7 so far this season, while the Blues are at 26-15-7. In totals betting, the St. Louis Blues are 17-24-7, while the Penguins are 14-21-9. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The St. Louis Blues sit at No. 4 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pittsburgh Penguins sit at a No. 13 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the St. Louis Blues No. 19-ranked offense (2.52 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.45 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 20.74% rate while the Penguins have a 84.14% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Penguins were a 5-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Hurricanes. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -147 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Canadiens on January 16. Bettors who backed the Blues at -121 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Pittsburgh's last 23 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • St. Louis is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Philadelphia, Thursday, January 21st
St. Louis at Detroit, Wednesday, January 20th