Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/20/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Edmonton Oilers
Date: Friday, December 20, 2019
Location: Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (-130) Oilers (+118)
Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (20-10-4, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Rogers Place on Friday where they'll meet the Edmonton Oilers (19-14-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division). The Oilers open this matchup at +118 while the Penguins are priced at -130. The O/U has been set at 6. The Penguins are covering 56.3% of the time, having gone 18-14 SU. Edmonton covers 48.6% of the time, going 17-18 straight up.
The Pittsburgh Penguins step onto the ice with a record of 20 wins and 10 defeats, which puts them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 112 goals which ranks them 6th in the conference and 8th in the league. Their goal differential is +22, which puts them at 4th in the league. The Penguins currently have a total of 44 pts, which ranks them 6th in the league and 4th in the East. With regard to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,146 which ranks them 3rd in the conference and 5th in the league. As a group, Pittsburgh has racked up a total of 959 hits which has them averaging 28.2 per game. They currently have a total of 374 blocks for this season. The man in goal for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry from Surrey, British Columbia. He is 24 years old and has played 842 mins defending the net this season. Kinkaid is surrendering an average of 1.85 goals per game which places him at 2nd among East goaltenders and 2nd among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he's allowed 26 goals. He has a save % of .940 which places him at 2nd among East goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into their next game feeling good after earning a 4 - 1 victory over the Calgary Flames the last time they stepped on the ice. The Penguins had a solid offensive output in the victory. In this game, they scored on 4 out of the 33 shots they tried. In addition, they had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to score. Pittsburgh racked up a total of 2 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 48 and the Corsi against at even strength was 62 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 43.6%. Their Fenwick was 37 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 50, meaning they had a rate of 42.5%. They took 19 face-off wins and lost 25 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 43.3% and they had a PDO of 110.0 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Calgary Flames tallied a total of 34 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 6 penalty minutes and they notched 1 power play opportunity.
The Oilers will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 19 victories and 14 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they currently sit 9th in the West and 21st in the league with -4. They have a total of 107 goals for the year which is good for 6th in the West. Edmonton has a save % as a team of .905 which currently has them ranked 17th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.9% which puts them at 5th in the West. In goal for Edmonton is Mike Smith who is having a tough season by surrendering 3.08 goals per contest and that places him 26th in the West and 50th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 974 mins he has been on the ice this season, he's given up 50 goals. He has a save % of .896, which ranks him 25th in the West and 53rd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Edmonton Oilers opposed the St. Louis Blues in an outing where the Oilers took the defeat by a score of 2 - 1. In this game, Edmonton wound up with a 43.4% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 36 and the other team having a Corsi of 47. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 47.2% by way of having a Fenwick of 34 and the Blues having a 38 Fenwick. These Corsi stats speak to the kind of game that Edmonton had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 97.5 and they earned an oZS percentage of 51.4%. The Oilers converted 1 goal out of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play opportunities in this one but were not able to net one. In discussing their opponent, the Blues had 5 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Edmonton conceded 44 shots on goal and the Blues earned 8 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-130)
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