Vancouver Canucks (3-2-0) at Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-1)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -220 / Vancouver Canucks +197 — Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The Vancouver Canucks and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 3-2 win over Florida in their last outing. The game was a scoreless stalemate until the 2nd period when Elias Pettersson and Antoine Roussel tied the game for Van-city on two separate occasions before Bo Horvat gave the Canucks the lead for good in the 3rd period en route to the victory. Anders Nilsson got the win after stopping 24 of 26 shots to improve to 2-0-0 this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates come into this game looking to find some consistency after their second loss to Montreal this season, this time falling to the Haps by a final score of 4-3 in overtime last time out. Pittsburgh jumped out to an early 2-0 lead at the end of the first, but allowed 3 goals unanswered int he first 8:51 of the second to fall behind 3-2 before Phil Kessel would equalize for the Pens. The game stayed tied until the shootout where Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would miss both of their shootout chances while Montreal found the back of the net with both of their opportunities to send Pittsburgh home with a single point. Casey DeSmith took the loss after stopping 37 of 40 shots, falling to 1-0-1 this season.
Vancouver is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference and 31-64 in their last 95 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Metropolitan. Pittsburgh is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Pacific and 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 home games. The under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.
This game is tough for me, because Pittsburgh is the better team here but they can’t beat Montreal, while Vancouver has been a pleasant surprise but aren’t consistent enough to consider backing as an underdog here. Instead, I’m going to try to buck the head-to-head trends and side with the over. Both teams have some issues in terms of keeping the puck out of the net and we should see plenty of scoring here so I’ll side with the over in this spot.