NHL Picks (January 24, 2013)
On Friday night the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Winnipeg Jets game will highlight a busy schedule in the NHL. The Penguins will not mind going on the road to play the Jets as they have had success on the road this season.
The odds for the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Winnipeg Jets game opened with the Penguins as (-140) favorites and the line has such been bet down to (-135). The Jets will look to get back in the win column after a 1-1-1 start to the season.
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The Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby fuel a Pittsburgh team that can compete with anyone in the NHL. The recent success of this team can be attributed to their penalty killing unit and their ability to avoid whistles. The Penguins have killed 15 of the 17 penalties they have been whistles for. The Pens have enough discipline to improve over the 8 whistles they got in the home loss in their last outing.
The Penguins are 36-12 in the last 48 meetings and 6-2 in the last eight games in Winnipeg. The Penguins are 18-8 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest, 5-2 in the last seven road games and 34-15 in the last 49 overall.
The Jets are 15-37 in their last 52 games following a win, 3-13 in the last 16 games against the Atlantic division and 0-5 in the last five home games. The Jets will trouble between the pipes in this game as Ondrej Pavelec has lost 10 of 11 starts versus Pittsburgh, with the lone win coming in the teams’ first meeting last season. He went on to lose the next three, posting a 6.68 GAA.
The Pens get back in the win column by beating the Jets.