Looking to win big? The Penguins and Blackhawks face off at 8:30 ET on NBCS. The Blackhawks are hosting the game at United Center in Chicago, IL. The Penguins come into this non-conference matchup favored by -1.5 goals. The over/under line currently sits at 5.5 goals.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +1.5

This game will be played at United Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 15th.

WHY BET THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blackhawks to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blackhawks on the moneyline (+179)
  • The Blackhawks are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Penguins Pull Through as the Favored Road Team?

Through 50 games this season, the Penguins have a record of 23-20-7, putting them in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, Pittsburgh has gone just 3-7 and they are currently riding a three-game losing streak.

On the road this year, the Penguins are 10-11-4 and they have lost four straight games away from home. When favored, Pittsburgh has gone 15-13-4 on the year, and they have been favored in 32 of their 50 games.

On the year, the Penguins have an average scoring margin of +.2 goals per game, and they have gone 24-26 against the puck line. Overall, the team has 16 wins by multiple goals and 13 losses by multiple goals.

As the favorite, Pittsburgh has gone 12-20 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin in those games is +.4 goals per game. In their last ten games, the Penguins are 5-5 against the puck line, and they have gone 6-4 against the puck line in their last ten road games.

Games involving Pittsburgh have an average of 5.6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.4. In terms of their over/under performance, the Penguins come in with a record of 18-29-3.

Through their last three road contests, the Penguins offense has averaged 1 goals per game while allowing an average of 3. Pittsburgh posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 1-2 ATS.

On the offensive side, the Penguins are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 27th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 7th in the league. The Penguins went 16-13 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-7.

Pittsburgh will be looking for a good game from Sidney Crosby who leads the team in scoring with 28 goals, ranking 10th in the NHL. Crosby also comes into the game with 24 assists.

Defensively, the Blackhawks are currently 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 32.2 shots per game against Chicago. They also are 26th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Tristan Jarry has started 34 games this season. His current record stands at 14-16, and his save percentage is 0.856%.

Will the Blackhawks Win at United Center?

At home this season, the Blackhawks are 10-13-2, and in the Central Division, they are 3-14. Over their last ten games, Chicago has gone 2-8, and they have lost five straight games. Overall, the Blackhawks are in 16th place in the Western Conference with 31 points.

As the underdog, Chicago has gone 13-35-3 this year, and they have lost their last three games. In the Western Conference, the Blackhawks are in 8th place in the Central Division.

Chicago comes into the game with a puck line record of 24-29 this season, and they have gone 4-6 against the puck line in their last ten games. The Blackhawks have gone 15-10 against the puck line at home this year, and their average scoring margin at home is -.5 goals per game. So far, they have had five wins by multiple goals and have lost 28 games by more than one goal.

When playing as the underdog, Chicago has gone 24-27 against the puck line, and they have gone 3-2 against the puck line in their last five games. In their last three home games, the Blackhawks have gone 2-1 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin as the underdog is -1.5 goals per game.

Games involving Chicago have an average of 5.6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.2. In terms of their over/under performance, the Blackhawks come in with a record of 21-30-2.

Across their three previous road games, Pittsburgh has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 1 goals per game.

On the offensive side, the Blackhawks are scoring an 2.1 goals per game this season, ranking 31st in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 30th in the league. Coming into the game, the Blackhawks have a 1-11 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 13-23.

Chicago’s current leading scorer is Jason Dickinson. This season, he has 16 goals, which puts him 82nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Dickinson has 10 assists this season.

Chicago defense takes on the Penguins ranked 5th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.2 shots per game against Chicago. They also are 26th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Petr Mrazek comes into the game having made 35 starts this season. So far, his record is 12-21 and he has a save percentage of 0.962%.