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Penguins look for eighth straight home win vs Knights

The Pittsburgh Penguins will do battle tonight with the Vegas Golden Knights and try to keep up their hot streak at home. The Penguins are gunning for their eighth consecutive win at PPG Paints Arena and it won’t be easy with the Knights in town as Vegas is 5-2 SU in its last seven games and leads the Western Conference standings.

  • The Golden Knights are 6-1 SU in their last seven games with one day off between games.
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Pittsburgh’s last five home games.

There may be a tear shed in the Steel City tonight as the Knights are planning to start Marc-Andre Fleury in net. Fleury is still beloved in Pittsburgh after backstopping the Penguins for 13 seasons and it will be his first game back after he was acquired by Vegas in the expansion draft last June.

But don’t expect the Knights to get too caught up with emotions as they are trying to further their lead in the West and with Fleury in net, they may keep surging. Fleury has been dynamite for the Knights this season with 15 wins in 21 starts and a 1.84 goals-against average. Vegas has given him plenty of cushion too when he’s between the pipes as the team has averaged 3.6 goals per game in his last 10 starts.

It’s clear this isn’t the same Pens team that Vegas beat in December. The defending Stanley Cup champions have been running teams out of the arena and have outscored opponents 30-13 during their recent win streak at home. Vegas has been prone to defensive lapses lately (allowing over three goals per game in its last four games) and with the Penguins’ new-found offensive explosiveness, bettors should finally feel confident wagering on Pittsburgh.

The total opened at 6 and trends are pointing toward an OVER in this matchup. The total has gone OVER in the Penguins’ last six games at home vs teams with winning records while the OVER has hit in six of the Knights’ last eight games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins were listed earlier today as -139 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark (including Bovada), while oddsmakers set the opening betting total around 6.

A 3-2.5 result in favor of the Penguins is the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Vegas Golden Knights vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins sport a record of 29-22-3 heading into this matchup, while the Vegas Golden Knights sit at 35-13-4 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 27-25-2 for the Penguins and 29-21-2 for the Golden Knights. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Vegas injuries news.

The Golden Knights-Penguins odds would favor the Golden Knights if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 4 in the current OddsShark poll, while Vegas is at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Pittsburgh Penguins' No. 11-ranked offense (3.04 goals per game) against a Vegas Golden Knights defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.69 goals per game allowed. The Penguins power play has clicked at a 27.57% rate while the Golden Knights have a 82.24% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Vegas, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Capitals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Golden Knights at +102 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Penguins were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Devils. That made winners of bettors who got New Jersey at +104 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Vegas is 17-4 ATS in its last 21 games
  • Vegas is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Vegas's last 8 games
  • Vegas is 13-1 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Vegas at San Jose, Thursday, February 8
Pittsburgh at Dallas, Friday, February 9