Florida Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 1-5-2020
On Sunday night, the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins will do battle in this Atlantic vs Metropolitan Division matchup. The starting goalies are Sergei Bobrovsky for Florida and Tristan Jarry for Pittsburgh. Puck drop is set for 5:00 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on FSFL for Florida and ATTP for Pittsburgh.
Panthers Trying To Keep Pace In Wild Card RaceThe Florida Panthers are having a nice season. They are fourth in the Atlantic, two points out of the second wild card spot, and 6-4 in their last ten games. The Panthers are second in goals scored in the division and third from last in the Atlantic in goals against. So, this team can light the lamp, but also give up a fair amount as well. Lately, that is how some of their games have gone. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team in points with 56.
According to ESPN.com, NHL experts buy/sell Panthers as a top Atlantic team.
Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer:Sell, but only because the teams the Panthers will be looking up at in the standings are the Leafs, Bruins and Lightning. Florida is on pace for around 95 points but could go over that if its defense improves and if it gobbles up points against the bottom of the division.
In their last game, the Panthers lost to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. This was a frustrating loss for Florida. The Panthers outshot the Sabres 34-18, but didn't score until the third period. Despite all the shots on net, the Sabres went into the third period with a 3-0 lead. Florida didn't take advantage of their quality chances and didn't get enough good looks at the net. They weren't too physical and went 0 for 3 on the power play. Five skaters finished with negative points and it came from multiple lines. Bobrovsky was pulled early in the second period and he will try to get the quick bounce back against the Penguins.
Penguins Sliding Up The Division StandingsThe Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the race for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins are in second place, second in goals scored, and they have the best goal differential in the Eastern Conference. Also, the Pens are 8-1-1 in their last ten games. Pittsburgh has had a mix of blowout wins and losses. In the last few games, the Penguins have had some close wins and some high scoring victories as well. This team hovered in the middle of the standings for awhile and now they are making the Capitals sweat a bit. Jake Guentzel leads the team in points with 43.
According to pensburgh.com, the Penguins are getting contributions from all over.
"It was another big week for the usual suspects at the top of the lineup, while a couple of depth players also made their marks."
In their last game, the Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2, in overtime. The Pens were down 2-1, tied things up in the third period, and got it done in overtime. Pittsburgh put up 37 shots on net and Evgeni Malkin finished as the first star of the game and he also got an assist. A lot of centers got good looks at the net and the defense played a solid game as well. The Pens gave the puck away too easily at times, but they did a great job at blocking shots. This team has a lot of puck luck going for them and they will try to slide into another victory.
The top supporting trends for Pittsburgh, found on Covers.com are:
- Penguins are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Penguins are 8-2 in their last 10 overall.
- Penguins are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
The top supporting trends for Florida, found on Covers.com are:
- Panthers are 2-5 in their last 7 road games.
- Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Panthers are 0-4 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.