Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Penguins and Wild. The game is starting at 8:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Wild at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Get ready to place your bets! The Penguins are the -1.5 goal favorites in this non-conference matchup against Wild. The over/under for the game is set at 6 goals.


The Pick: Minnesota Wild +1.5

This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 8:00 ET on Friday, February 9th.


  • The Penguins enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • On the puck line, we like Wild (+1.5)

Will Pittsburgh Win on the Road?

Heading into tonight's game, the Penguins are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-17-7. In their last ten games, the Penguins are 4-6, and they have won two straight games as the favorite. On the road this season, Pittsburgh is 10-9-4 and have dropped two straight games.

Against other Eastern Conference teams, the Penguins have gone 12-16 this season, and in games where they have been favored, Pittsburgh has gone 15-12-4. In their last three games, the Penguins have gone 2-1.

On the year, Pittsburgh has a puck line record of 23-24 and a road puck line record of 11-12. So far, the team has 16 wins by multiple goals and 12 losses by multiple goals. In their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.

So far, the Penguins have been favored in 31 games and have a puck line mark of 12-19 in those games. In their last five road games, Pittsburgh has gone 3-2 vs. the puck line.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Pittsburgh is 5.7. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.4. The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 17-27-3.

In their last three games away from home, the Penguins have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team's offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.

On offense, the Penguins are averaging 3 goals per game which is 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 13th in the league. Coming into the game, the Penguins have a 16-10 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 6-7.

The leading scorer for Pittsburgh's offense is Sidney Crosby. Coming into the game he has 27 goals, ranking 10th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 24 assists so far.

Minnesota defense takes on the Penguins ranked 18th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 14th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Tristan Jarry has started 32 games this season. His current record stands at 14-14, and his save percentage is 0.845%.

Can the Wild Grab a Win at Home?

At home this season, the Wild have gone 12-11-3, and they are currently on a two-game losing streak at home. In the Central Division, Minnesota is in 7th place with a record of 4-8. Against Western Conference opponents, the Wild have gone 9-13 this season.

Overall, Minnesota has a record of 22-23-5, and they are in 13th place in the Western Conference. As the underdog, the Wild have gone 7-17-3 this season, and they have won their last two games when they have been the underdog. Over their last ten games, Minnesota has gone 5-5.

Minnesota comes into this game with an overall puck line record of 25-25, including going just 5-5 against the puck line in their last ten games. So far, the Wild have had 14 wins by multiple goals and have lost by multiple goals 15 times.

At home, Minnesota is 12-14 against the puck line this season, and their average scoring margin at home is -.3 goals per game. Against teams from the Eastern Conference, the Wild have gone 16-11 vs. the puck line as the underdog.

On average, Minnesota's games have finished with 6.4 goals per game. The season's average over/under line stands at 6.2. In total, the Wild come in with an over/under record of 24-22-4.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Pittsburgh has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.

Offensively, the Wild come into the game at 3 goals per contest placing 21st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 21st position in the league. The Minnesota offense is ranked 13th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 25th in the NHL.

Minnesota will be looking for a good game from Joel Eriksson Ek who leads the team in scoring with 21 goals, ranking 33rd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Eriksson Ek has 18 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Wild head into the game ranked 18th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has started 20 games in this season. His current record is 8-9, and his save percentage stands at 0.631%.