Pittsburgh Penguins (+118) at Anaheim Ducks (-130, 5.5 o/u)
The NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks (42-17-7, 91 pts) will look for the fifth win in a row tonight when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins (36-18-9, 81 pts) at the Honda Center (10:00 p.m. Eastern).
On their current four-game win streak, the Ducks have beaten Los Angeles, Dallas, Arizona, and, most recently, Montreal, in what was a battle for the league-lead.
Anaheim saw rookie goalie John Gibson make 37 saves against the Canadiens to emerge with a 3-1 win.
“We knew this was a big game,” said Gibson, who just missed his first shutout since Oct. 28. “We knew it was a battle for first place in the league. We pay attention to that stuff.”
The Penguins, meanwhile, are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in the first of a four-game western road swing. Pittsburgh is six points below first-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference, but just one above the Capitals for sixth.
“We didn’t make things as difficult as we should, but when we did get some good chances [and Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov] made some key saves,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby told the league’s official website. “We would have liked to put more pressure on him, but he did make some good saves when he needed to.”
Pittsburgh has won seven of the last ten meetings against Anaheim. They are also a stellar 16-8-6 on the road this year, while the Ducks are 20-9-3 at home. The Ducks are -130 in the moneyline, while the Penguins are +118.
With their prowess on the road, the Pens’ moneyline looks like decent value.
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