Approaching the 60-game mark of the NHL season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have shown no signs of regression after capturing the Stanley Cup last season as they’re firmly in the mix for a top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins’ fast-break style of hockey has them at the top of the league with 3.48 goals per game along with 34.3 shots per game. There’s also a few betting categories where they really stand out as they’ve been cashing in for their backers in a few specific situations.
With a 36-14-8 record, the Penguins have been a profitable team this season, especially at home, but let’s zero in on the spots where bettors have been hitting the jackpot.
Here’s the Blueprint for how to bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins:
Keep hammering the OVER at home
At 36-18-4 OVER/UNDER on the season, the Penguins are clearly one of the most consistent OVER teams in the NHL, but it’s playing the OVER at PPG Paints Arena where bettors are finding their edge. At home, Pittsburgh has posted a 20-8-3 O/U record, cashing OVER tickets at a rate of 71.4 %.
The Pens lead the league with 120 goals on their home ice, and high-scoring games at home are nothing new as they finished second in the NHL in home scoring last season. Combining that with a defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league on its home ice is a recipe for high-scoring hockey, so keep playing that OVER.
This is a trend that oddsmakers might be catching on to, as Penguins’ home games have seen totals of 6 or 6.5 five times since December 23, but the OVER has still come out on top, 3-2.
Double Down at Home after a Loss at Home
This is a situation that hasn’t presented itself often, as Pittsburgh is 24-4-3 at home this season, but it’s been OVER A YEAR since the Pens have lost two consecutive home games. Since late December of last season, they have gone 15-0 at home after a loss at home, which includes games from their Stanley Cup run.
Conveniently, at the time of this writing, the Penguins are coming off a home loss to the Detroit Red Wings. On deck is a home date with the Philadelphia Flyers — part of the NHL’s outdoor stadium series. It may not be a traditional home game, but I don’t care and neither should you.
Free $$$ when winning after Two periods
If you think their stretch of wins at home after a loss at home is impressive, you haven’t seen anything yet. The Penguins are currently on a streak that’s seen them go an AMAZING 63-0 when leading after two periods! 63-0! An experienced in-game bettor will tell you that this isn’t exactly a value bet, but if you’re in it to make a profit — even a small one — this is a wager you should be making with regularity.
If you’re looking for much better bang for your buck with an in-game NHL bet, it’s also worth considering that the Penguins are one of just three teams in the league with a winning record when not scoring first. So, if you see their opposition get off to a 1-0 start, first consider the scenario — are the Pens at home, are their stars healthy, is Matt Murray in net? If everything lines up, bet them in-game in this spot every single time.