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Anaheim Ducks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction & Preview

Anaheim Ducks vs Pittsburgh Penguins 2019-01-12 NHL,

#31 Pittsburgh
Penguins -135
#32 Anaheim
Ducks 6
Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:05pm
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Friday evening on the NHL ice and the Metro Division will duke it out with the Pacific Division as the Pittsburgh Penguins rumble with the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Penguins check in off a 5-1 home win over the Panthers, while the Ducks are off a 2-1 OT loss to the Senators at home.

Pens Top Panthers To Get Back On Track

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a long eight-game winning streak going until they lost at home to the Blackhawks. It was a bad loss for the Pens, but they were able to get back on track in their next game with a 5-1 home win over the Florida Panthers. The Penguins will now look to keep it rolling against a Ducks’ team that could not find the win column with GPS.  Still, Pittsburgh cannot lose focus or the ducks will bite them, just like the Blackhawks did. The Penguins are currently in 2nd place in the Metro and just two points out of first. Pittsburgh grabbed a 2-0 lead on the Panthers just 3:03 into the game and they never looked back. Bryan Rust led the attack with two goals and he now has 11 on the year, while Tanner Pearson (6th), Riley Sheahan (6th) and Sidney Crosby (20th) also scored in the win. The Penguins have gone 11-9 on the road and they have averaged 3.45 gpg and have allowed 2.45 gpg in those games.
Grabbing the win against the Panthers was Matt Murray, who stopped 36 of the 37 shots that he faced to improve to 12-6 with a 2.78 GAA and a .917 save percentage on the year, while out on the road he has gone 7-1 with a 1.78 GAA and a .948 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 1-1 with a 2.87 GAA against the Ducks. Murray is on fire as he has won his last eight starts in a row and he has allowed a total of 10 goals in those games. Pittsburgh checks in at 6th in the league in power play conversions at 25.6 ppg and 3rd in penalty kill at 84.2%.

Ducks Fall To Lowly Senators At Home

The Ottawa Senators have been the worst team in the league this year and has struggled on the road. Still, the Ducks could not beat them on their home ice on Wednesday evening. Even worse is the fact that they scored just one goal on a team that is last in the league in goals allowed. Yikes. The Ducks lost that game by a score of 2-1 in OT and it was their 9th loss in a row. This is all on the heels of a stretch that saw them go 9-1. Their offense has been their biggest issue and it showed against a Sens team that has allowed over 4.00 gpg on the road this year. Anaheim has now scored a total of 12 goals in their last nine games. That will not get it done. Scoring their lone goal against the Sens was Jakob Silfverberg, which was his 11th of the year. The Ducks have gone 10-14 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.46 gpg and have allowed 2.83 gpg in those games.
Absorbing the loss to the Sens was John Gibson, who allowed two goals on 30 shot attempts to fall to 15-20 with a 2.62 GAA and a .923 save percentage on the year, including 9-11 with a 2.54 GAA and a .920 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 4-3 with a 3.47 GAA against the Penguins. Anaheim enters this contest ranked 28th in power play conversions at 14.5% and 14th in penalty kill at 80.5%.

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