Canucks Look to Extend Penguins’ Slide
The Pittsburgh Penguins meet the Vancouver Canucks in the fourth stop of a five-game West Coast road trip. In their last matchup, the Penguins lost their second straight game while the Vancouver Canucks finally won a game.
Pittsburgh was exceeding expectations with its fast start while the Vancouver Canucks have had another disappointing start, needing eight games to post their first win.
The Penguins are desperate to end a losing streak before it gets worse while Vancouver needs to start stacking wins. We’ll review all the important stats, trends and odds for your NHL betting needs.
Penguins Hit Bump in Road
The Pittsburg Penguins enter Friday night’s matchup with the Canucks with a 4-2-1 record. On Tuesday, the Penguins lost 4-1 to the Calgary Flames.
It was the Penguins’ second straight loss against two talented Alberta teams. Evgeni Malkin scored the Penguins’ only goal while Casey DeSmith made 32 saves in the loss.
The Penguins are averaging 4.29 goals per game and 3.0 goals against per game. The power play is operating at 24.1% while the penalty kill is operating at 72.0%.
Pittsburgh is playing the first of back-to-back games in the Pacific Northwest, so DeSmith is likely to get another start, but we are not sure in which game he will play.
Tristan Jarry has a 4-1-0 record with a 2.82 goals-against average and a fantastic .923 save percentage. DeSmith has a 0-1-1 record with a 3.42 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins with 11 points (four goals, seven assists). Malkin has seven points (four goals, three assists) while four other players have at least six points for the Penguins.
Can Canucks Turn Season Around?
All might not be lost for the Vancouver Canucks season just yet.
The Vancouver Canucks enter Friday with a 1-5-2 record. In their last outing, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-4 to get their first win. Ilya Mikjeyev scored two goals while Andrei Kuzmenko and Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist each. Thatcher Demko made 32 saves.
The Canucks are averaging 2.88 goals and allowing 4.35 goals against. The power play is operating at 22.2% while the penalty kill is operating at 60.0%. The Canucks stats have been horrible to start the season.
Demko has a 1-5-1 record with a 4.05 goals-against average and a .874 save percentage. Demko’s backup, Spencer Martin, has an 0-1-1 record, with a 3.79 GAA and a .879 save percentage.
Pettersson leads the Canucks with nine points (four goals, five assists) while Bo Horvat (four goals, two assists) and J.T. Miller (four goals, two assists) have six points each.
The biggest injury of note for the Canucks is defenseman Quinn Hughes, who is listed on the injured reserve and leaves a significant hole in Vancouver’s lineup.
Penguins vs Canucks Game Injuries
Penguins vs Canucks Head-to-Head
The Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins meet twice a year. Last year, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in both matchups. The Penguins outscored the Cancucks 8-2 in those two games.
Penguins vs Canucks Game Information
- Game: Penguins (4-2-1) vs Canucks (1-5-2)
- Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver
- Day/Time: Friday, Oct. 28, 10 p.m. ET
- Penguins vs Canucks Live Stream: NHL.TV
Penguins vs Canucks Betting Lines
Penguins vs Canucks Prediction
The Pittsburgh Penguins are the moneyline favorite at -170 while the Vancouver Canucks are listed at +150. The Penguins are 4-3 while the Canucks are 1-7 on the moneyline.
The total goals line is set to 6½. The Canucks are 5-3 on the over/under while the Penguins are 5-2.
The Penguins are 4-3 against the spread while the Canucks are 3-5. We always find team betting records help when betting online to make the best pick, especially against the spread records.
We like how the Pittsburgh Penguins have started the 2022-23 season. We don’t like much about the Vancouver Canucks. They might be coming off their first win, but they are without their best defenseman and don’t have the offensive talent or goaltending to match the Penguins’ scoring.
We like the Penguins on the moneyline and to cover the spread. We’re making one pick, and we’re going for maximum value for a single pick on our online sports betting ticket: Take the Pittsburgh Penguins to cover the spread of -1½.