Malkin, Pittsburgh tackle rising Carolina

Malkin, Pittsburgh tackle rising Carolina

The Penguins are not without their problems as the NHL closes in on the All-Star break. Fortunately for Mike Sullivan’s bunch, it’s producing more than enough offense to offset the bulk of those qualms.

Tonight, Pittsburgh will attempt to stay hot against Carolina. The Eastern Conference rivals drop the puck at 7 p.m. ET, with handicappers leaning heavily toward the visiting club. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives Sidney Crosby & Co. odds of -130 to emerge victorious. Conversely, the Hurricanes represent +110 underdogs.

Bet on This Evening's Action

On Monday, the Pens took part in one of the zaniest regular-season contests in recent memory. They ultimately notched an 8-7 win over Metropolitan Division arch-nemesis Washington. Evgeni Malkin collected his 11th career hat trick, while Crosby added a goal and three assists.

Sullivan’s far from happy, however, with his squad’s defensive effort of late. Netminder Matt Murray is 3-2-0 with a 4.55 GAA and .847save percentage in his past five appearances. Worse yet, top blueliner Kris Letang could miss several more weeks due to a knee injury.

NHL Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

Can Bill Peters’ troops exploit such issues shortly? Carolina boasts one of the league’s best home records (15-4-1), so even an opponent of Pittsburgh’s caliber shouldn’t cause much unease at PNC Arena. Look for the ever-dependable Cam Ward, primed for his 21st straight start between the posts, to show the Canes the way again.

 

FRIDAY NHL FREE PICK: HURRICANES +1.5

Loading...

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Bruins, Knights co-NHL favorites The NHL is on an indefinite leave right now, but the anticipated race to the Stanley Cup looks like it will be a very competitive one. Here’s the latest odds to...
Thumbnail NHL Suspends Play Due to Coronavirus While the NHL suspended play on Thursday due to the coronavirus, the league also intends on finishing its regular season at some point. Whether or not the league...
Thumbnail Senators vs. Kings Wednesday Prediction Did oddsmakers set the over/under for Wednesday night’s matchup between the Senators and Kings too high? The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Stars Tuesday Prediction The Rangers and Stars meet in Dallas on Tuesday night when the two teams meet at 8:30 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 5.5, what’s the best play for bettors...
Thumbnail Capitals vs. Sabres Monday Prediction The over/under for Monday night’s matchup between the Capitals and Sabres is sitting at a whopping 6.5 goals but does that mean the over is out of the question...

NHL Headlines