Penguins vs. Oilers Prediction
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won three games in a row heading into tonight's showdown at the Edmonton Oilers. Is Pittsburgh going to notch another road win in this spot?
Friday, December 20, 2019
Rogers Place at 9:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Penguins are a -120 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Oilers are a +100 underdog, while the over-under sits at 6 goals. As of Friday morning, 59 percent of public bets are being placed on host Edmonton. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Penguins cruise past Flames
Pittsburgh earned a 4-1 victory Tuesday night at Calgary to improve to 20-10-4 on the season. The Penguins trailed 1-0 through one period, but tied it up in the second period on a John Marino goal assisted by Marcus Petersson and Dominik Kahun. Bryan Rust gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 advantage with 6:25 to play in the second off assists by Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. Malkin pushed the advantage to 3-1 with 1:58 remaining in the third period off assists by Rust and Marino. Letang completed the scoring 20 seconds later on an unassisted tally. Tristan Jarry picked up the win between the pipes as he allowed one goal on 34 shots.
Oilers edged at Blues
Edmonton suffered a 2-1 defeat Wednesday night at St. Louis to fall to 19-14-4 on the season. The Oilers trailed 2-0 in the third period before James Neal put them on the board at the 1:50 mark with assists courtesy of Zack Kassian and Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton was unable to find the equalizer with the extra skater. Mikko Koskinen took the loss as he surrendered two goals on 44 shots.
NHL Betting Trends
The Penguins are 5-0 in their last five games versus the Pacific Division. Pittsburgh is 38-17 in its last 55 games versus the Western Conference.
The Oilers are 5-1 in their last six Friday games. Edmonton is 0-5 in the last five home meetings with the Penguins.
Pittsburgh has had the Oilers' number at Rogers Place and also has an extra day of preparation coming into this contest. With Pittsburgh clicking on all cylinders right now and the goaltending matchup a tossup with the Penguins projected to go with Matt Murray (.897 save pct.) and Edmonton with Mike Smith (.896), I feel more comfortable going with the favored visitors.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS -120