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#55 Pittsburgh Penguins -235 vs.
#56 Detroit Red Wings 6
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:35pm EST
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Written by David Hess



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#56 Detroit


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Friday evening on the NHL ice and the Metro Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the Pittsburgh Penguins tangle with the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Pittsburgh won the first meeting by a score of 5-3. That game was also played here in Detroit.

Pens Fall Big To The Bruins

The Pittsburgh Penguins lost 4-1 to the Boston Bruins in this last game and in the NHL, losing by three goals is losing big. The Pens do have a shot at revenge in their next game but first, they have to try and avoid being upset by the worst team in the league. Pittsburgh had been a hot team as they entered their game on Thursday night having won four in a row and 12 of their last 16. The Pens are 29-18 on the year and in second place in the Metro Division. they are just six points out of first. The offense had been scoring as the Pens scored 18 goals in their previous four games but all they could muster against the Bruins was a goal by Sidney Crosby, which game just 24 seconds into the game. Crosby had missed two months of action so they are glad to have him back and he now has two goals and five total points in his two games back. Crosby has seven goals on the year.

Taking the loss was Tristan Jarry, who allowed three goals on 29 shot attempts to fall to 16-9 with a 2.16 GAA on the year.Matt Murray will get the nod in this one and he has gone 13-10 with a 2.91 GAA on the year, including 6-6 with a 3.11 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 52-36 with a 2.56 GAA on the road and 15-6 with a 2.63 GAA during the month of January, plus 3-4 with a 3.03 GAA against the Red Wings.

The Penguins enter this game ranked 6th in the league in scoring at 3.43 gpg and 17th in power-play conversions at 19.9% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 8th in the league in goals allowed at 2.72 gpg and 14th in penalty kill at 81.0%.

It's Getting Worse For Detroit

The Red Wings recently had a brief two-game winning streak and that has not been something they have had many times this year. The Red Wings have gone back to their regular was of late as they have lost their last two games in a row and have been outscored 13-3 in those two games. It continues to get worse for the Red Wings, who already have the worst record and fewest points in the league. Their 27 points are 12 points fewer than the next closest team, which is Anaheim with 39. The offense has been a mess all year and they have now averaged just 1.88 gpg over their last eight games. they will need far more offense than that if they hope to take down the high-scoring penguins in this one. In their last game, Detroit lost to the Islanders on the road by a score of 8-2. Scoring in the loss was Filip Hronek, which was his 9th of the year and Givani Smith, which was the first of his career. Detroit is a miserable 8-16 at home and they have averaged 2.25 gpg and have allowed 4.17 gpg in those games.

Absorbing the loss was Jimmy Howard, who allowed three goals on seven shots before being removed in favor of Calvin Pickard, who allowed five goals on 19 shot attempts. Howard is now 2-17 with a 4.26 GAA on the year, including 1-9 with a 3.79 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 142-137 with a 2.48 GAA in his home games and 32-32 with a 2.77 GAA during the month of January, plus 7-4 with a 2.60 GAA against the Penguins.The Red Wings enter this game ranked 31st in the league in scoring at 2.15 gpg and 28th in power-play conversions at 15.0% while on the defensive end of the ice, they are 31st in the league in goals allowed at 3.87 gpg and 31st in penalty kill at 73.2%.

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The Red Wings are a mess at the moment. They have lost their last two games by a combined 13-3 count and have averaged just 1.88 gpg in their last eight games. The Penguins are playing this game on no rest but they have Sidney Crosby back and they are a far better team than Detroit is overall, despite having no rest. The Penguins are a deep team, they have the edge in the crease as well. Jimmy Howard is a pathetic 2-17 with a 4.26 GAA on the year so far and he will not be able to hold up to the high-powered Pittsburgh offense that has it's star back on the ice. Take the Pens to win this one easily.

Prediction: Pittsburgh -1.5

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The Penguins have a high-scoring offense and it is even better now that Sidney Crosby is back, but the offense may be a bit slow here as they are playing this game on no rest. Jimmy Howard has struggled mightily this year but he does have a 2.60 GAA in his career against the Penguins. I still see four goals from Pittsburgh, but the Red Wings will not tally more than two. they have averaged just 2.25 gpg at home and just 1.88 gpg in their last eight games overall. Detroit will not score enough for this game to go Over the total. The Under is 10-3-2 in Pittsburgh's last 15 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation and 4-0 in Detroit's last four games playing on two days rest. Take the Under in this one.

Prediction: Under 6.5

Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.