Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, and the Toronto Maple Leafs will face off against Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, and the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in an Eastern Conference showdown. The match will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 16 and it will be showcased live on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Odds
Pittsburgh is 10-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to the 44-38 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. Through 19 regular season contests, 10 of the team’s games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and just one has pushed. Thus far, the team’s 6-4 SU at home.
The Penguins have converted on just 13.0 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom-5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked second overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 88.6 percent of all penalties.
Boasting a .913 save percentage and 24.4 saves per game, Matt Murray (9-7-2) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for the Pens this year. Murray did just play last night, however, so head coach Mike Sullivan could choose to give him a breather and go with Tristan Jarry instead (1-3-3 record, .929 save percentage, 2.26 goals against average).
Toronto has lost 5.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far and is currently 9-12 straight up (SU). 12 of its games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As the away team, the Maple Leafs are 3-5 SU so far.
The Maple Leafs have converted on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 26th overall and it’s successfully killed off 76.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
Frederik Andersen (2.74 goals against average and .912 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Toronto. Andersen is averaging 28.5 saves per game and has nine wins, seven losses, and three OT losses to his credit.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Picks
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Penguins
For both of these clubs, the under has hit in three of their last five matchups.
The Pens this season have handed out the second-most hits per game in the NHL (28.6).