Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Florida Panthers, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, NHL Hockey Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS FLORIDA PANTHERS
16-7-3 December 8, 8:30 PM | BB&T Center 12-11-4
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 8, 2016
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), FSN Florida
Team/  Live in game Betting at gtbets-sportsbook Spread MoneyLine Total
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 +210 -137 5.5 +110
Florida Panthers +1.5 -260 +117 5.5 -130
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at BB&T Center.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (16-7-3): Sidney Crosby scored his league high-tying 17th goal on Tuesday to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, five assists) while fellow former Hart Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin has collected 11 points (two goals, nine assists) during his six-game run. “They’re dynamic players. These guys are difference-makers,” Sullivan said of those two and Phil Kessel, who has recorded three goals and as many assists in his last three games. “Most nights, these guys have been a threat for us. When they play like that, they make us better.”

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (12-11-4): Aleksander Barkov has left a 21-game goalless drought in his rear-view mirror with three tallies in his last four contests. Fellow forward Jaromir Jagr has recorded three goals and an assist in his last seven games but torched the team with which he began his eventual Hall-of-Fame career with 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 55 career encounters. Roberto Luongo, who is seven years younger than the 44-year-old Jagr and owns a 14-9-5 career record versus the Penguins, is expected to be back in net after getting the night off on Tuesday.

gtbets-sportsbook currently has the Penguins listed as 137-moneyline favorites versus the Panthers, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5  

The Panthers were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -150 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 8-5 result against the Senators on December 05. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -230 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (13) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Florida Panthers general manager/interim coach Tom Rowe is doing his best to remain positive in the face of a pronounced negative. With four losses in five games since dismissing former coach Gerard Gallant, Rowe and the Panthers look to turn around their fortunes on Thursday as they open a modest two-game homestand against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“There’s too many positives to get down,” Rowe told the Miami Herald after his team dropped its third straight to cap a six-game road trip with Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia. “Keep building on what we’ve started. … We are moving on. We’re moving forward. It’s a great group of guys, great players. A lot of fun to coach and we have a lot of great days ahead of us.” Pittsburgh has been having plenty of fun with its offense, which has erupted for 19 goals during its three-game winning streak. “This group has provided enough evidence that regardless of what happens, we have the firepower, the talent level, the capability to win games,” coach Mike Sullivan told reporters on the heels of Tuesday’s 8-5 win over Ottawa. “There’s a belief that regardless of what the score is, we can win.”

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 16-7-3 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road

Florida:
Team record: 12-11-4 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Florida is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida’s last 9 games
Florida is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay Saturday, December 10
Florida home to Vancouver Saturday, December 10

KEY NOTES
1. Seventeen of the 19 skaters on the Penguins recorded at least one point during the team’s three-game homestand.
2. Florida is 0-for-15 on the power play this month.
3. Pittsburgh shuffled D Derrick Pouliot and C Jake Guentzel to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

PicksFlorida Panthers will win outright at +117 and the game will go over 5.5 points according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Panthers 4, Penguins 3 at gtbets-sportsbook

SMART CHART
PIT TEAM FLA
2.99 GOALS 2.41
3.08 GA 2.59
18.53 PP% 12.90
76.34 PK% 85.06
33.20 SHOTS OFF 30.85
32.62 SHOTS DEF 29.30
-0.09 GOAL DIFF -0.19
INJURIES
PITTSBURGH
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
FLORIDA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Florida
FLORIDA
Florida is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida’s last 9 games
Florida is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Florida is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Panthers Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.6 10
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Panthers Overall Defense 3.4 2 2.6 10
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Panthers Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.5 6
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Panthers Overall Defense 3.4 2 2.5 6
Penguins Road Scoring vs Panthers Home Defense 2.8 4 2.5 12
Penguins Road Scoring vs Panthers Home Defense 2.7 11 2.5 12
Penguins Road Scoring vs Panthers Home Defense 2.8 4 2.2 8
Penguins Road Scoring vs Panthers Home Defense 2.7 11 2.2 8
Penguins Road PP vs Panthers Home PK 17.2 20 84.4 12
Penguins Road PP vs Panthers Home PK 10.3 27 84.4 12
Penguins Road PP vs Panthers Home PK 17.2 20 76.5 28
Penguins Road PP vs Panthers Home PK 10.3 27 76.5 28
Panthers Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.9 6 2.5 6
Panthers Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.9 6 3.1 26
Panthers Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.4 25 2.5 6
Panthers Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.4 25 3.1 26
Panthers Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 2.6 20 3.3 24
Panthers Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 2.6 20 2.4 2
Panthers Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 3.1 8 3.3 24
Panthers Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 3.1 8 2.4 2
Panthers Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 19.7 14 85.8 1
Panthers Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 19.7 14 77.1 24
Panthers Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 12.5 26 85.8 1
Panthers Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 12.5 26 77.1 24
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is the second highest scoring team in the league at 3.4 goals per game.
Pittsburgh leads the league in shots with 34.7 per game.
Pittsburgh is second worst in shots against in the league at 32.6 per game.
Pittsburgh allows the second most power play goals in the league with 0.8 per game.
Pittsburgh has the third worst penalty killing in the league at 76.3%.
FLORIDA
Florida has the second worst power play in the league at 12.9%.

 

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