Common science would lead you to believe that penguins can’t fly but the streak that Pittsburgh’s NHL team is currently on may have Zoologists revisiting that theory. The Penguins have won six straight games and have cashed 11 straight OVERs beating their opponents by an average score of 5.83-2.33 during the winning streak.
The Pens are scoring goals at an unprecedented rate right now and are pacing the league in five-on-five shots by a wide margin. Pittsburgh’s high-powered offense got out of the gates a little slow but they’ve finally punched the throttle and jammed the shifter into high gear.
During their streak of 11 straight OVERs, the Pens are averaging 5.1 goals and have scored five or more goals five times. Pittsburgh has pretty much been breaching these totals all by themselves and it’s tough to see that stopping anytime soon – but I’m pretty gullible and almost always fall into the recency bias trap.
If the Penguins keep it up we may start seeing some totals of six pop up at the betting window but the way they are scoring right now that wouldn’t even matter. If the totals for all their games during the OVER streak were 6, instead of 5.5, their OVER/UNDER record would still be 10-0-1.
Although the Rangers still lead the league in goals scored, the Penguins’ can overtake them tonight when they play the Bruins. A win against the B’s tonight would break the deadlock at the top of the Metropolitan division and if Pittsburgh scores three goals or more, they’ll move into first place in goals scored for this season. Given that they haven’t scored fewer than three since November 25 – Tuukka Rask may have to stand on his head if he wants to hold the Pens under three.
The biggest contributors to the Pens’ success right now are the big three of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel who have combined for 30 – yes 30 – points in their last 6 games. That’s 1.67 points per game for each of those guys if you divide their total production into three equal parts.
As long as these guys keep snapping you’re safe to keep backing the Penguins on both the moneyline (6-0 in their last 6) and puckline (5-1 in their last 6) and can pretty much bet the OVER blindly until Pittsburgh posts a stinker or the total moves to 6.
This is the same Penguins team we saw march their way through the playoffs last year and they’ve put the whole league on notice. Pittsburgh is quickly cementing itself at the top of all the futures boards and could easily become the second team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Mario Lemieux led Pens lifted Lord Stanley’s mug at the end of the ‘90-’91 and 91’-’92 seasons.
Fly Penguins Fly.