2019-20 NHL – Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? Thursday 28th November, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh

What channel is Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Vancouver Canucks 0 – 5 Pittsburgh Penguins

THE TEAM NEWS

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

  • The Canucks are set to play their fifth consecutive game on the road, and they own a W1, WO1, L2 mark over that span. Vancouver have lost three of their last five overall, and their latest game was a 2-1 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. The Canadian franchise currently sits in seventh place of the Western Conference standings with 28 points after 25 games.
  • Forwards Jay Beagle, Micheal Ferland and Brandon Sutter have all been listed as questionable ahead of this contest. Left winger Antoine Roussel and center Tyler Motte have been ruled out.
  • J.T. Miller has enjoyed a great start to the season, and he supplied the team’s lone goal during Monday’s defeat at Philadelphia. Miller has cracked the scoresheet in three straight games, and he has been playing at a very high level this season with 24 points in 25 games thus far (10 goals, 14 assists).

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins enter this game following a 3-2 overtime win over the Calgary Flames on Monday – their second consecutive win and the third over their last five contests (W2, WO1, LO2). Pittsburgh have been depleted in recent weeks, but they remain in playoff contention and sit in fifth place of the Eastern Conference with 30 points in 24 games.
  • Star defenceman Kris Letang has returned from injury, but superstar center Sidney Crosby remains out with a groin injury that will keep him out until the end of December. Center Nick Bjugstad and defenceman Justin Schultz have been ruled out here.
  • Evgeni Malkin has picked up the slack in Crosby’s absence, and the veteran center has been impressive so far this season. He has points in four of his last five contests (two goals and five assists over that span) and has been extremely productive with 14 points in 13 games (four goals, 10 assists) to start the season.

THE PREDICTION

Both teams will be playing on the second set of a back-to-back here and while the Penguins are coming off a home win, the Canucks are coming off a loss – their second in this current road trip. Despite the fact Pittsburgh will be without their best player in Sidney Crosby, they look like the better team on paper and the peripheral stats support them – they own a stronger attack and a better defence than their opponents. That should be enough to list them as favourites against a tired Vancouver squad that will play their fifth straight game on the road.

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