The Pittsburgh Penguins (29-20-7) and the Calgary Flames (34-16-6) meet at the PPG Paints Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Prior to this encounter, the Penguins had a game on home-ice against the Edmonton Oilers on the Wednesday evening. Their last game prior to that was a convincing 4-1 win on the road at the in-form Philadelphia Flyers. It was a win that came on the back of having lost their previous four games and eight of their last 11 in total.
The Penguins are averaging 3.43 Goals per Game this season, leaving them 6th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.05 Goals per Game (19th overall). Jake Guentzel has scored 27 goals for the Penguins, while Evgeni Malkin has contributed 42 assists.
Jake Guentzel (27), Jakub Voracek (14) and Kris Letang (13 SH EN) score in the third period as the #LetsGoPens hold on for the 4-1 victory over the #LetsGoFlyers at @WellsFargoCtr. Matt Murray makes 50 saves for his 16th win of the season #PITvsPHI pic.twitter.com/Oed0syjgD2— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) February 12, 2019
The Flames were on the road at the Florida Panthers on the Thursday evening prior to this game. They would certainly hope to have put a stop to their own poor run of form in that game, having lost three consecutive games before that, including a 6-3 defeat at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening.
The Flames are currently averaging 3.66 Goals per Game, leaving them 3rd in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.93 Goals per Game (14th overall). Johnny Gaudreau is the Flames’ main man for goals and assists, with 29 and 48 respectively.
With both teams struggling for form at present, this is not the easiest game for making predictions. The Penguins might not be the team they were a couple of years ago but, with home-ice advantage, they are the tips to win this one on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Pittsburgh Penguins