The Pittsburgh Penguins opened their campaign with a 6-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on the road in their second game. A victory in Tampa Bay is impressive in and of itself, but defeating the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions without Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin is something else entirely. Tonight, the Penguins look to sweep the Panthers for the second time this season when they visit Florida.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Florida Panthers Betting Odds & Line Movement
The game opened with the Panthers as slight chalk at -130, but it did not take long for early money to back the Florida home team and that line has now increased to -175 for the Panthers at BetOnline Sportsbook.
The total opened at 6.5, but it has subsequently dropped to 6. The Penguins will be without Crosby and Malkin for a second straight game, which should make them more cautious about a track meet with the Panthers.
Notes On The Pittsburgh Penguins
If the Pens don’t have Crosby and Malkin, they’ll need forwards to score goals. On opening night, the Penguins played Jeff Carter and Bryan Rust 40 minutes each, with both recording a point in their debut against Tampa Bay.
Kris Letang is in his 14th NHL season and continues to play a lot of ice time for the Penguins. The offensively gifted defenseman Kris Letang played over 25 minutes against Tampa Bay and notched a pair of assists.
Last season, Tristan Jarry had a great campaign, making 38 starts and posting a 2.75 goals against average and .923 save percentage before being eliminated by the New York Islanders in six games in the first round of the playoffs.Against the Lightning, Jarry stopped 26 of 28 shots and kept Tampa’s strong forwards to just two goals.
Notes On The Florida Panthers
In hockey, there are many players. Some of them have played in the NHL for a long time. Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau have been playing in the NHL for a long time. But there are also other players who play on their team.
The offseason addition of Louis Domingue and the subsequent promotion of Andrei Vasilevskiy to starter will be an interesting storyline to follow throughout the season. Sergei Bobrovsky is in his third year of a seven-year, $70 million contract, but it’s rookie Spencer Knight who is expected to be the goaltender of the future. After a slow start to his career, Knight has developed into a reliable arm for the Blue Jays. Despite beginning the season as a rookie, he has already appeared in several games this year, including two strong starts against Tampa Bay in the postseason.
Aaron Ekblad’s return to the Panthers’ lineup was the most significant addition this off-season. The 25-year-old Ekblad suffered a broken fibula last season, which ended his season early, but he was ready for training camp and appears to be prepared for another big year.
Can The Notes On The Pittsburgh Penguins Cover The Pointspread?
The Pens are in the midst of their regular season, and they’ll be looking to establish a fast start to help them get back on track. Pittsburgh will want avoid competing with a healthy and deep Panthers squad for offensive chances, especially without Crosby, Malkin, and Jake Guentzel (Covid-19) in the lineup.
Expect the Penguins to play a traditional road game, with patience and tight checking at the top of their lists. The Penguins might come out of their trip to Florida with four points if they can get some timely saves and good fortune.
Can The Notes On The Florida Panthers Cover The Pointspread?
Florida wants to have more shots on Pittsburgh’s goal. The Panthers know that Pittsburgh doesn’t have as many good players as the Panthers. The Panthers will want their best forwards to play against the Penguins’ top six forwards, not against Crosby or Malkin.
Florida has a significant edge when they deploy a second line with Huberdeau and Sam Bennet. With enough offensive support, Florida might be able to gain two points in their opening game.