The Florida Panthers (29-14-4) travel to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-17-6) on Friday, January 26th. This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and televised on ESPN+. The Panthers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Penguins are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Coyotes. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Panthers vs Penguins
The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win
Florida comes into this game with a record of 29-14-4, which has them in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division. On the road, they have gone 15-7-2, including winning their last six games away from home. Over their last ten games, the Panthers have gone 6-4, and they have won two games in a row.
So far this season, Florida has been favored in 37 of their 47 games, and they have gone 24-11-2 in those games. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Panthers have gone 13-6, and they have gone 6-4 against other teams in the Atlantic Division.
Florida enters this game with a puck line record of 23-24 and an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have won 19 games by multiple goals and have 12 losses by more than one goal.
On the road, the Panthers’ puck line record is 15-9, and their average scoring margin is +.9 goals per game. In their last ten road games, Florida has gone 6-4 against the puck line.
In their last game, the Panthers were the hosts against the Coyotes, and they came away with a 6-2 win. Against the Coyotes, Panthers’ offense was able to score in all three periods. Florida’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 6 goals. Their offensive performance came with 42 shots on goal and 12 giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Florida also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The combined total of 8 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
As the Penguins get set to take on the Panthers, they find themselves in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Through 44 games, Pittsburgh has a record of 21-17-6. In the Metropolitan Division, the Penguins are in 7th place.
Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh has gone 4-6, and they have lost their last two games. At home this season, the Penguins have gone 11-8-2, and they are 8-5-2 as the underdog.
On the season, the Penguins have a puck line record of 21-23, including going 11-12 on the road. So far, they have 15 wins by multiple goals and have dropped 12 games by more than one goal.
As the underdog, Pittsburgh has a puck line record of 10-5, and their average scoring margin is +.3 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the team’s puck line record is 5-5, and their average scoring margin at home is +.4 goals per contest.
After suffering a 5-2 loss on the road to the Coyotes, the Penguins are looking to bounce back today. The Penguins offense struggled in the first and third periods versus the Coyotes, but they did score two times in the second period. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 27 shots on goal and had 7 turnovers.
Pittsburgh was favored by -1.5 giving them a loss vs. the puck line. With a combined total of 7 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6 goals set for the game.
Florida Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game this season, putting them in the 12th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 2nd in the league. Florida’s offense comes into the game ranked 10th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.
This season, the Panthers’ have an over/under record of 18-28-1. Throughout the season, they have played 25 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
Penguins Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Penguins are scoring an 3 goals per game this season, ranking 26th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 14th in the league. In terms of the Penguins’ offense during power plays, they are 29th in power play goals and 27th in shorthanded goals.
This season, the Penguins’ have an over/under record of 17-24-3. Throughout the season, they have played 20 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.8 goals per game.
Florida Team Defense
Defensively, the Panthers come into the season ranked 29th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27 shots per game against Florida. For the season, they are ranked 22nd in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Pittsburgh Team Defense
Defensively, the Penguins are currently 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.3 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, coming in with 6 shutouts.
Panthers vs Penguins Trends
- Florida has played well in their previous three road games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.
- Across the Penguins last five home games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 2-3, while going 2-3 straight-up.
- 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 5-5 in these matchups.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the favorite, the Panthers have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 2-3.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Panthers to come out with a win against the Penguins while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at -123, I’m placing my bet on the Panthers to win outright.
If you’re looking for a puck line bet, I’d suggest going with the Penguins to cover. Even in the event of a Panthers victory, this game is expected to be closely fought, and the Penguins should cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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