The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Florida Panthers, who are on the second night of a back-to-back. Pittsburgh has been in a bad form lately while Florida is picking up steam. However, the NHL betting lines favor Pittsburgh not only as the home team, but also because Florida has struggled when getting no rest.
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— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) January 22, 2023
Panthers Winded Without Rest
Florida is traveling from New York to Pittsburgh. The team is just 1-4-1 when on the second night of a back-to-back and that lone win came over Anaheim, which could be drafting Connor Bedard in the next NHL Entry Draft.
This could put a halt to Florida’s five-game point streak (4-0-1). The Panthers have not only had better goaltending lately but its offense has started to pick up. Florida has scored four or more goals in six of its last seven games.
But when playing without rest, Florida averages just 2.67 goals per game. And prior to its game against Toronto, the Panthers were held to two goals or fewer in its last three games. The defense is no better as Florida allowed four or more goals. This team will need to buck this trend to be worth betting online.
Penguins Miss Their Guy
The Penguins miss Kris Letang. There is no hiding the fact that this team has floundered without its star defenseman, who was injured against Detroit late in 2022. Since he got hurt, Pittsburgh has gone 4-5-2. Its special teams have been horrendous in this span. Pittsburgh has the 30th-ranked power play (PP, 12.8 percent) and the 27th-ranked penalty kill (PK, 74.4 percent).
While Pittsburgh continues to hold its own on 5-on-5, the team has been outscored 10-6 on special teams despite having had eight more PP opportunities. Pittsburgh used to have the best PK in the NHL. But if it continues to leak in that department, it becomes toughe rto win.
Pittsburgh is already tough to bet on the sportsbook. Backers would be down over $840 if they wagered $100 on Pittsburgh’s moneyline every night. But at home, Pittsburgh at least gets it done more often than not with a 13-5-4 record. Folks may just have to sweat it out.
Panthers vs Penguins Game Injuries
Panthers vs Penguins Head-to-Head
The Panthers and Penguins are dead-even in their last 10 meetings with identical records of 5-3-2. Pittsburgh has 30 goals to Florida’s 29 and six of their last nine games were decided by one goal. The total went under in four of their last five games in Pittsburgh.
Panthers vs Penguins Game Information
- Game: Panthers (23-20-5) vs Penguins (23-15-8)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7:07 p.m. ET
- Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
- Panthers vs PenguinsLive Stream: NHL.TV
Panthers vs Penguins Betting Lines
Panthers vs Penguins Picks & Prediction
Even with Pittsburgh’s struggles on special teams, it can outplay Florida on 5-on-5. The Penguins should also have a rest advantage and a goaltender edge. Spencer Knight, who was recalled from the AHL, will likely start for the Panthers. He’s never faced Pittsburgh and was not been in the best shape before his assignment. Bet Pittsburgh to win this one.
Pittsburgh is listed at -140 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Penguins, you have a chance to win $71. The Florida Panthers are +120, offering a chance to win $120 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Penguins a 58.33% chance to win, with the Panthers at 45.45%.