Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vancouver Canucks Prediction, 12/4/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Vancouver Canucks
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Location: Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC
Odds/Point Spread: Penguins (-139) Canucks (+115)
Rogers Arena is the site where Thatcher Demko and the Vancouver Canucks (8-14-2) will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins (10-8-5) on Saturday. The odds on this game have the Penguins coming in at -139 and the Canucks are at +115. The total has been set at 5.5.
The Penguins will look to clean up some issues after taking a 5-2 defeat against the Oilers in their previous outing. The Penguins had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the loss. In the game, they converted 2 of the 34 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 3 attempts on the power play but weren't able to score a goal. Pittsburgh earned 6 penalty minutes in this contest. The Corsi for the Penguins sat at 57 and the Corsi against was 30 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 65.5%. Their Fenwick came in at 42 and the Fenwick against finished at 22, meaning the had a Fenwick percentage of 65.6%. They compiled 23 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 24 opportunities to control the puck. When starting in the offensive zone they came in at 66.5% and their PDO was 78.9 in this one.
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The Penguins have had 704 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .912. When playing at even strength, the Penguins have allowed 57 goals while scoring 55 on offense. Pittsburgh Penguins opponents have earned 58 power play opportunities (27th in the league) and have tallied 5 goals in those attempts. For the season, they have recorded 25 points and their points percentage comes in at .543. Pittsburgh has taken 813 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 7.9%. Regarding their scoring, the Pittsburgh Penguins have tallied 64 goals (17th in the National Hockey League) this season and have given up 62. Pittsburgh steps onto the ice with 66 power play opportunities and they have scored 9 goals out of those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 13.64%.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Tristan Jarry. Over the course of his pro career, Jarry has accrued 72 quality starts and his quality starts rate is .632. His save percentage sits at .916 during his 6,814 minutes played. Jarry has had 3,429 shot attempts against him and has amassed 3,140 saves. Opponents have tallied 289 goals versus Jarry in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.54. He has compiled a win-loss mark of 69-34-11 and was named the starter in 114 games. Jarry has taken the ice for 120 games over the course of his professional hockey career.
In their last contest, Vancouver faced the Senators in a game where the Canucks ended up with the win by a final of 6-2. They had 6 attempts on the power play in this one and scored 2 goals out of those attempts. The Canucks converted 6 goals out of the 35 shots on goal they took. Their PDO was 108 and their oZS percentage was 52.5%. Vancouver wrapped up this game with a 67.4% Corsi rating. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Vancouver played and it was a good performance overall. Their Fenwick percentage was 62.9% by tallying a Fenwick of 39 and the Senators finishing with a 23 Fenwick.
The Canucks have racked up 43 goals at even strength and 15 goals (10th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. Vancouver has attempted 816 shots (3rd in professional hockey) and has accumulated a shot percentage of 7.11%, while allowing the other team 757 shots. On the campaign, the Vancouver Canucks are sitting with 58 goals, 18 points, as well as a points percentage of .375. They have a tally of 83 chances on the power play and they have earned a power play percentage of 18.07%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 64.47% on their oppositions 76 power play chances, and their save percentage is currently 90.1%. They have granted a total of 75 goals to be scored by of a combination of 48 goals at even strength and 27 goals while they had less men on the ice.
Across the ice you will find Thatcher Demko protecting the net. He is sitting with 2,629 stops out of 2,889 shots taken against him, giving him a save percentage of .910. Demko has a lifetime record of 42-41-5 and has been in net for 91 contests. He has started in 88 contests and has been on the ice for 5,326 mins. Demko's quality start rate comes in at 55.7% and he has accumulated 49 quality starts in his NHL career. His opposition is averaging 2.93 goals/game and he has yielded 260 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-139)
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