The Pittsburgh Penguins travel to St Louis to take on the Blues as December approaches. The Pittsburgh Penguins are 10th in the NHL with a record of 14-8-4. The Penguins have not travelled well, amassing a road record of 4-5-2 as they look to even up the score. The St Louis Blues are 3rd in the NHL with a record of 16-5-6. The Blues have not had home blues with a record of 7-3-3 at home. Both of these team have been hot this season and will look to continue their winning ways in this game.
Pittsburgh Penguins Search For Road DogsThe Pittsburgh Penguins search for the players who can grind it out on the road. The Penguins have been doing a great job scoring on the road, ranking 8th in the NHL with 3.36 goals scored per game when on the road. Evgeni Malkin has been electric to watch this season, racking up 21 points in 15 games played. After battling back from an injury, Malkin continues to play like one of the best skaters in the NHL.
Matt Murray has struggled over the last couple games as has Tristin Jarry. Both goaltenders are coming off of some terrible play, but can easily bounce back. Both goalies have been stellar all season and will need to return to form this game if the Penguins want to win.
St Louis Blues Dominate At HomeThe St Louis Blues are red-hot this year, as they should be being that they are the reigning champions of the world. The Blues still look for their scoring touch, however, ranking 25th in goal scored per game when at home with 2.85. Despite impressive play from players such as David Perron, the Blues continue to have woes when trying to score at home. Hopefully, things will change as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jordan Binnington and company continue to just dominate teams when at home, ranking 5th in goals allowed per game when at home with 2.38. The Blues' defense has found yet again the ability to bully other teams on the ice by playing a tough, physical, almost forgotten style of hockey. Look for that trend to continue tonight.
- Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road underdog