The Vancouver Canucks (27-11-3) travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (20-15-4) on Thursday, January 11th. This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Vancouver Canucks vs Pittsburgh Penguins
The Vancouver Canucks Are Coming Off A Win
Through 41 games, the Canucks have a record of 27-11-3, putting them in 2nd place in the Western Conference and 1st in the Pacific Division. On the road, Vancouver has gone 13-7-2, and they have won three straight games away from home. Over their last 10 games, the Canucks have gone 7-3, and they are 4-1 in their last five.
As the underdog this season, Vancouver has a record of 11-4-3, and they have won two straight games when not favored. Against other Western Conference teams, the Canucks have gone 16-8, and they have won each of their last three games.
As the underdog, the Canucks have a puck line record of 15-3, and their average scoring margin when not favored is at +0.8 goals per game. On the road, the Canucks’ puck line record is at 15-7, and their average scoring margin away from home is at +.9 goals per game.
Vancouver has gone 21-6 in games decided by more than one goal, and their puck line record over their last ten games is 7-3. In their last three road games, the Canucks have a puck line record of 3-0.
In their most recent matchup, the Canucks played against the Islanders and won with a score of 5-2. Against the Islanders, the Canucks’ offense scored in all three periods. In the game, Vancouver managed to score all five goals at even strength. They concluded with 34 shots on goal and committed 10 turnovers.
Despite being the underdog, Vancouver managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6.5 goals, with a combined total of 7 goals.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Penguins have gone 10-8-1 and have lost two straight games at home. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is in 11th place and has gone 11-14 against other teams in the East. Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 7-3.
Overall, Pittsburgh has gone 20-15-4 this season and has been favored in 25 of their 39 games. Against other teams in the Metropolitan Division, the Penguins have gone 6-6. As the favorite, Pittsburgh has gone 12-10-3 this season.
At home this season, the Penguins have a puck line record of 9-10, and their average scoring differential is +.3 goals per game. So far, they have 14 wins by multiple goals.
Overall, Pittsburgh’s puck line record is 19-20, and they have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten games. In their last three games, the Penguins have a puck line record of 2-1.
The Penguins most recently took on the Flyers and secured a win with a score of 4-1. Against the Flyers, Penguins’ offense was able to score in all three periods. Out of Pittsburgh’s four goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 39 shots on goal and had six giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Pittsburgh also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 5 goals.
Vancouver Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Canucks are averaging 3.9 goals per game which is 1st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 27th in the league. This season, the Canucks have a 13-5 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 13-6 record.
The Canucks come in with an over/under record of 25-14-2. Over the season, there have been 27 games that have surpassed the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, are at 6.5 goals per game.
Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Penguins are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 7th in the league. Looking at how the Penguins’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 25th in power play goals and 22nd in shorthanded goals.
The Penguins’ over/under record this season is 15-21-3. For the season, they have had 23 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.
Vancouver Team Defense
Vancouver defense takes on the Penguins ranked 11th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30 shots per game against Vancouver. They also are 3rd in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.
Pittsburgh Team Defense
Pittsburgh defense takes on the Canucks ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.6 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, with 5 shutouts.
Canucks vs Penguins Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Canucks have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 7-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.
- In their last ten games at home, the Penguins have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- As the betting underdog, the Penguins have an puck line mark of just 7-3 in their last ten games. Pittsburgh posted a straight up mark of 6-4 in these matchups.
- Through their last five games as the favorite, the Canucks have an puck line record of 3-2 and a straight up mark of 3-2.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Penguins to defeat the Canucks while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at -126, I’m placing a wager on the Penguins to win outright.
When it comes to my suggested pick for the puck line, I’d advise taking the Canucks to cover. Even in the event of a Penguins victory, this matchup is likely to remain closely contested, and the Canucks should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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