The Ducks have yet to win on this current road trip but it looks as if sportsbooks are overcompensating vs. a Penguins team that is 1-4 in its past five.
Anaheim started this tour with an upset loss in Florida (3-2) and it appears they may have fallen victim to the old South Beach curse. Something was definitely wrong when the Ducks took the ice Thursday (Nov. 14) and they mustered just 25 shots in a 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. A lot of things went right Friday when Anaheim lost in OT to the Hurricanes. First of all, they outshot the Canes 30-23 and second, they Ducks scored a power play goal to end a three-game special teams drought. There are signs the Ducks are ready to return to form and they are getting healthy bodies back on the practice roster so now they only thing left is an upset win against a struggling Pittsburgh squad.
The Pens are 1-4 in their past five with a total of just four goals scored in the five losses. Their latest skate turned into a 4-1 rout against the Devils and it qualifies Sid and Kids for this NHL betting system against home favorites that is 11-6 (65-percent) in its past 17 occurrences.
Play ON road dogs of any price who have a win percentage greater than .400 that have lost two more consecutive games when facing a team that was blown out by more than three goals in its last road game. The SDQL text for this code is as follows: AD and streak <= -2 and op:AL and op:margin <= -3 and total = 5.5 and month >= 10 and t:WP > 40
Viktor Fasth (2-1-1, 2.94 GAA) is in net and he’s 1-3 O/U with limited action this season. Marc-Andre Fleury gets the nod for the Pens. Fasth (lower body) missed time with an injury this year but he had a chance to try and shake off the rust against Carolina. Expect a big game from him and the rest of the Ducks as look to finish this disappointing road swing on a high note.
Pick: Take the Ducks +135