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(37-19-6) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Anaheim Ducks (25-30-8)
Date: Friday, February 28th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -173
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:
NHL Betting Total: 6
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The NHL trade deadline is officially behind us as teams look to galvanize their groups and begin to play their best hockey going into March.
The Pittsburgh Penguins GM, Ruthferd made some big time moves in a short span emphasizing on depth, an important factor in every Stanley Cup team. They added back Conor Sheary who won two Cups with the team in 2016 and 2017, as well as the speedy veteran Patrick Marleau who’s career total of over 1,100 points will surely assist in their campaign.
This might be an unpopular opinion with the hockey writers of the sports world but I like what the Ducks did at the deadline. In short the team is clearly in a rebuild stage and on top of acquiring some picks for the upcoming draft they got themselves some more talent, Sonny Milano being the frontrunner of that scoring 2 goals in his debut.
They also got some depth on defense, yes they could of made some more moves as there we a lot of teams out there looking to buy in attempt to win now. However I like the mood of this team now and heading into the future, while they won’t win anything this year they have pieces and picks that wouldn’t make me ashamed to be a Duck.
If you are thinking of placing a betting prediction on this match, continue reading for our detailed summary and our expert prediction at the end.
The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in an interesting position as they are in the midst of a 4-game losing streak, two of those games they were heavy favorites over the LA Kings and the Buffalo Sabers.
“Obviously you don’t want to drop four in a row, but it’s the reality we face.”, said captain Sidney Crosby after the loss to the Kings. This last game was especially tough as they had a goal taken away after review and came up just short in a comeback effort vs one of the worst teams in the league.
The Penguins will look to right the ship against the Anaheim Ducks as both teams look to use the assets they newly acquired. Look for sheary and Crosby to get their old chemistry back up and with the also new Jason Zucker that first line will need to meld together to get the Pens out of the hole.
The second and third lines will have a great opportunity to contribute as Malkin will be between the surging Rusk as well as right winger Patric Hornqvist as I wouldn’t be surprised for most of the Penguins goals to come from this second line. Patrick Marleau left wing on the third line is a phenomenal addition, the depth he brings and pressure he puts on 3rd line defenders will surely play a major role in games to come as he has a knack for production.
The Ducks are coming off the tails of a great 4-3 OT winner vs Edmonton, a game that saw the newcomer Sonny Milano net 2 goals with his new team.
The old Anaheim Ducks are ranked 27th in goals, 26th in shots and 31st (second worst) in Power play percentage in the NHL. Anemic Anaheim wouldn’t be the worst nickname a fan could throw their way.
However this is a new look team coming off a great win and while they don’t expect to be in the hunt this year there is much to be said for a new look team to bring it together as they look toward the future.
I thought they should of shopped around Miller while there were plenty of buyers out there, that’s because their starting goaltender John Gibson has at least impressed me this year with a .903 save percentage. While that stat alone isn’t news worthy he has dealt with a regretful set of defensive backs and a team that has just not had it this year. I’m expecting a nice end of year push from him and look for Gibson to solidify his role as the starter in the future.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Pittsburgh are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games against Anaheim..
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Anaheim.
- Pittsburgh are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Western Conference conference.
- Anaheim are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games this season.
- Under is 12-4-1 in the last 17 meetings.
Free Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Anaheim Ducks NHL Prediction:
Now while I believe this game will be closer than the records entail I just do not see a world where the Penguins lose 5-straight, especially to this team. Listen, Sidney Crosby is considered to be one of the best ever because of times like this, they need a win and he’ll do it for them. With a studded supporting class I’m expecting the Pittsburgh Penguins to get a gritty win here and even if they do go down early, they will gu
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