NHL betting odds: Pittsburgh Penguins at Vancouver Canucks
It’s a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview on Tuesday night when Pittsburgh, the clear Eastern Conference favorite, makes its only visit of the season to Vancouver. Both teams opened at -110 on WagerWeb.
Pittsburgh enters off a 6-5 home win over Vancouver on Sunday. Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist, helping the Penguins rally 5 to extend their home winning streak to 12 straight. James Neal added two goals and Jussi Jokinen scored for the third time in the last two games as Pittsburgh’s second line kept the Penguins in it until Matt Niskanen’s slap shot with 7:22 remaining won it. Pittsburgh trailed by two early but came roaring back to remain unbeaten at home since Nov. 13. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, including three sprawling saves in the final minute. Sidney Crosby finished with one assist to extend his home point streak to 16 games. Kris Letang, who had been sidelined since Dec. 13, saw 24:31 of ice time and picked up an assist.
Vancouver lost 4-3 in overtime at Anaheim on Sunday. Corey Perry scored his NHL-leading eighth winner of the season with 1.3 seconds on the clock in overtime. Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin scored power play goals 2 minutes apart in the first, and Kevin Bieksa scored in the third for the Canucks. Eddie Lack made a career-high 45 saves, one night after Roberto Luongo had 45 in a loss to Los Angeles in his return following a three-game absence with a groin injury. Anaheim outshot Vancouver 40-7 over the second and third periods.
Luongo (upper body) remains day-to-day for Vancouver along with forward Chris Higgins (flu-like symptoms). Defenseman Andrew Alberts (concussion) has missed the past four games
This is the second and final game between the Penguins and Canucks. Crosby and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and two assists, and Malkin had the shootout winner in Pittsburgh’s 4-3 win at Consol Energy Center on Oct. 19. Bieksa assisted on all three Vancouver goals.
WagerWeb trends: Over is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 vs. Western Conference. Over is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 overall. Under is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 Tuesday games. Under is 9-1-1 in Canucks last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Over is 6-1-2 in Canucks last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. Under is 4-1 in Canucks last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. Over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Vancouver.