vancouver canucks vs pittsburgh penguins predictions and preview

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NHL vancouver canucks vs pittsburgh penguins predictions and preview



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The Pittsburgh Penguins will be on a three-game losing skid when facing off against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Pittsburgh is 10-8-5 and has 25 points. The Penguins are fourth in the Metropolitan Division trailing First Place Washington by 9 points.The Penguins lost to the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 last time out on Wednesday and are 0-2 on their current five-game road trip. Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust are both out, while Brian Boyle is questionable.

Vancouver has won each of its last 2 after defeating the Ottawa Senators 6-2 on Wednesday. JT Miller scored one goal and handed out two assists and Quinn Hughes added four assists to his team-leading total. Vancouver is last in the Pacific Division at 8-14-2 with 18 points and tied with Seattle 15 points behind the division-leading Calgary Flames. Micheal Ferland, Matthew Highmore, Brady Keeper and Brandon Sutter are all out for Vancouver.


Penguins Need More Scoring

The Pittsburgh Penguins are scoring an average of 2.78 goals per game, which is 20th in the NHL. The Penguins power play is scoring 14.3% of the time which is just 26th in the league. Pittsburgh puts 35.4 shots on goal per game which is third-best in the NHL.The leading goal scorer for Pittsburgh is Jake Guentzel with 11 and the left wing is also the leader in points for the Pens with 21. Kris Letang is the team-leader in assists with 12. The Penguins have scored nine power-play goals in 23 games.


In their own end of the ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing an average of 2.70 goals per game which is 10th in the NHL. The Penguins are helped with the best penalty-kill unit in the NHL that successfully kills off penalties at a rate of 91.4% of the time. Goalie Tristan Jarry 10-5-4 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. Backup goalie Casey DeSmith has only appeared in four of Pittsburgh's 23 games and is 0-3-1 with a 4.32 goals-against average and .867 save percentage. 

Vancouver giving up too many goals

The Vancouver Canucks are 22nd in the NHL in goals allowed with an average of 3.13 goals per game. The Canucks are last in the NHL in penalty kill success at a rate of only 64.5% when short-handed. Goalie Thatcher Demko is 8-10-1 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. Backup Jaroslav Halak is 0-4-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in six appearances.


Vancouver is scoring an average of 2.42 goals per game and the power play unit for the Canucks is scoring 18.1% of the time with the man Advantage which is 17th. JT Miller has scored eight goals to lead Vancouver, while Conor Garland and Bo Horvat have each scored seven. Quinn Hughes is the leader in assists with 18 while Miller is the leader in overall points with 23 and Hughes has 20. The Canucks have scored 15 power-play goals in 24 games.