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Penguins out west to battle Canucks

Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will hit the ice out on the west coast on Tuesday night as they take on the Vancouver Canucks in marquee NHL betting action at the sportsbooks.

The Penguins got past the Canucks 4-3 as a -153 home favorite on the NHL odds in their first meeting of the season on October 19.

Overall, though, Pittsburgh is just 4-6 in its past 10 games against Vancouver, with the OVER/UNDER at 5-5.

This season the Canucks are 23-13-8 overall while the Penguins are 31-12-1. As for the totals, Vancouver is 13-24-7 on the OU, and Pittsburgh is 19-21-4.

View Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vancouver Canucks Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 100 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Canucks and the No. 3-ranked Penguins, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Jets on January 5. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -250 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Vancouver lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Ducks on January 5. Bettors who backed the Ducks at -165 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Vancouver's No. 17-ranked offense (2.66 goals per game) against a Penguins defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.34 goals per game allowed. The Canucks powerplay has clicked at a 15.94% rate while the Penguins have a 88.64% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Edmonton, Friday, January 10th
Vancouver home to St. Louis, Friday, January 10th