Looking to win big? The Canucks and Penguins face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Penguins are hosting the game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 6.5 goals, with the Penguins being the favored team playing at home against the Canucks.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 11th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • Looking at our projections, the Penguins are expected to take down the Canucks by a score of 4-2.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • The Penguins should also cover at -1.5

Does Vancouver Have A Chance at PPG Paints Arena?

On the season, Vancouver is 27-11-3 and in first place in the Pacific Division. They have won three straight games and are 7-3 in their last ten games. In the Western Conference, the Canucks are in second place.

When playing on the road this season, Vancouver has a record of 13-7-2 and has won three straight games away from home. As the underdog, the Canucks are 11-4-3 on the year.

As the underdog, Vancouver’s puck line record is 15-3 this season. Overall, they have gone 29-12 on the puck line. So far, the Canucks have 21 wins by multiple goals and have gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last 10 games.

In their last three road games, Vancouver is 3-0 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is +.9 goals per game. This season, the Canucks have gone 15-7 against the puck line as the road team.

On average, Vancouver’s games have finished with 6.5 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.5. In total, the Canucks come in with an over/under record of 25-14-2.

Vancouver 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 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.

On the offensive side, the Canucks are scoring an 3.9 goals per game this season, ranking 1st in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 27th in the league. This season, the Canucks are 13-5 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 13-6 record.

The leading scorer for Vancouver’s offense is Brock Boeser. Coming into the game he has 25 goals, ranking 7th in the NHL. Boeser also comes into the game with 19 assists.

In terms of defense, the Penguins head into the game ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.6 shots per game against Pittsburgh. So far, they are 1st in shutouts, achieving 5 shutouts.

Goalie Thatcher Demko gets the start and has made 29 starts this season. His record at this point is 20-8, and his save percentage is 0.971%.

Can the Penguins Deliver Being Favored at Home?

At home this season, the Penguins have gone 10-8-1 and are currently on a two-game losing streak. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is in 11th place and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, the Penguins have gone 20-15-4 and have been favored in 25 of their 39 games.

Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 7-3 and have won two straight games as the underdog. Against other Eastern Conference teams, Pittsburgh has gone 11-14.

At home this season, the Penguins have gone 9-10 against the puck line, and they have a puck line mark of 19-20 overall. So far, Pittsburgh has 14 wins by multiple goals and 11 losses by more than one goal.

Currently, the Penguins have a puck line record of 7-3 in their last ten games. In their last ten home games, the team has gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.

This season, Pittsburgh’s games are averaging 5.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.4. The Penguins currently have an over/under record of 15-21-3.

In their last three road games, Vancouver has averaged 5 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 3-0 vs. the spread.

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. This season, the Penguins have a 13-9 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 6-6 record.

Pittsburgh will be looking for a good game from Sidney Crosby who leads the team in scoring with 22 goals, ranking 9th in the NHL. Crosby also comes into the game with 19 assists.

Defensively, the Penguins come into the season ranked 15th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.6 shots per game against Pittsburgh. For the season, they are ranked 1st in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Tristan Jarry has started 26 games this season. His current record stands at 11-12, and his save percentage is 0.835%.