The Winnipeg Jets and the Pittsburgh Penguins meet in NHL action from the PPG Paints Arena on Friday night.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to build on a 4-2 win over Buffalo in their last game. Josh Morrissey leads Winnipeg with 39 assists as part of his 47 points while Pierre-Luc Dubois has 48 points split between 19 goals and 29 assists. Kyle Connor has 52 points with 21 goals and 31 assists while Blake Wheeler has 27 points with 9 goals and 18 assists. Mark Scheifele also has a team-high 24 goals as well this season. Connor Hellebuyck has gone 21-10-1 with a 2.41 GAA and a .925 save percentage while David Rittich is 6-4 with a 2.75 GAA and an .905 save percentage between the pipes for Winnipeg this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to add to back-to-back wins after a 5-4 win over Vancouver in their last matchup. Sidney Crosby has a team-high 48 points with 21 goals and 27 assists while Evgeni Malkin has 39 points split between 14 goals and 25 assists. Jake Guentzel has also chipped in 37 points with 17 goals and 20 assists this season. Tristan Jarry has gone 15-5-4 with a 2.78 GAA and a .917 save percentage while Casey DeSmith is 5-8-2 with a 3.00 GAA and a .909 save percentage in goal for Pittsburgh this season.
Winnipeg is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 7-22 in their last 29 games against the Metropolitan division while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games played on no rest. Pittsburgh is 7-3 in their last 10 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m looking at the under here. This just sets up as a first to 3 wins kind of game and the under has been a dominant trend when these two teams share the ice in recent meetings. I think this ends up being a 3-2 game whichever way you have it going, so give me the under.