The Pittsburgh Penguins (11-11-3) travel to face off against the Florida Panthers (15-8-2) on Friday, December 8th. This game will be played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise and televised on BSFL. 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 Lightning. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Florida Panthers
The Pittsburgh Penguins Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Penguins have an overall record of 11-11-3. On the road, Pittsburgh holds a 6-5-2 mark, and they are 5-6-1 when playing at home. Their current record places them 7th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 12th in the Eastern conference. Pittsburgh’s average scoring margin this season is +.3 leading to an overall puck line record of 11-14. Their scoring margin at home is +.1 and +.5 on the road.
Following a 3-1 loss on the road to the Lightning, the Penguins are eager to bounce back. Offensively, the Penguins couldn’t find the net in the first two periods, but they made a comeback with one goal in the third period. Pittsburgh’s’s lone goal during the game occurred at even strength. They ended with 25 shots on goal in total.
As the underdog, Pittsburgh suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 4 goals.
The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win
Currently, the Panthers hold an overall record of 15-8-2 for the season. On the road, Florida has a 7-4-2 record, while they are 8-4-0 at their home venue. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 3rd in the Eastern conference. Florida has eight wins by more than one goals and dropped six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 12-13 this season.
In their previous game, the Panthers hosted the Stars and game away with a 5-4 win. In all three periods, the Panthers’ offense found the net against the Stars. Out of Florida’s five goals, one were scored during power plays. They concluded the game with 31 shots on goal and had eight giveaways.
Despite the straight-up win, Florida did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals, with a combined total of 9 goals.
Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Penguins have an average of 3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 23rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 9th in the league. Pittsburgh’s offense is currently ranked 30th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 24th in the league.
The Penguins’ over/under record this season is 8-16-1. For the season, they have had 16 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.6 goals per game.
Florida Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Panthers are scoring an 3.1 goals per game this season, ranking 18th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 3rd in the league. This season, the Panthers have a 10-7 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 4-1 record.
The Panthers’ over/under record this season is 12-13-0. For the season, they have had 13 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.7 goals per game.
Pittsburgh Team Defense
Pittsburgh defense takes on the Panthers ranked 13th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 31.2 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They alsso are 1st in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.
Florida Team Defense
Florida defense takes on the Penguins ranked 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 27.6 shots per game against Florida. They alsso are 10th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Penguins vs Panthers Trends
- Across the Penguins last ten road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 5-5, while going 5-5 straight-up.
- When looking at their past three matchups at home, Florida has an puck line record of 3-0 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Florida has an puck line mark of 7-3 while going 3-7 straight up.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the favorite, the Penguins have a straight up record of 0-5. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 0-5.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Penguins to defeat the Panthers while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +133, I’m placing a wager on the Penguins to win outright.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Penguins winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Penguins straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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