Crosby, Penguins Will Keep Ducks' Losing Streak Alive Friday

Jimmy Murphy

Thursday, January 10, 2019 9:40 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 9:40 PM UTC

Being on the road won't hinder Pittsburgh from extending Anaheim's losing streak to 10 games on Friday, and the Randy Carlyle Watch will continue. Bet confidently with tips from

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Pittsburgh (24-13-6 SU, 24-19 ATS) at Anaheim (19-17-8 SU, 19-25 ATS)Friday, 10 p.m. ETFree NHL Pick: Penguins PLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Just more than a month ago, the Anaheim Ducks looked like they were somehow weathering their monsoon of injuries -- from Corey Perry out since the start of the season and then without the likes of Jakob Silfverberg, Cam Fowler, Ondrej Kase, Rickard Rakell and more. The Ducks still somehow found themselves in the Pacific Division mix midway through December. However, starting with a 3-1 loss at the New York Rangers on December 18, the Ducks have been in a deep tailspin, losing nine straight games. Things don’t seem likely to get any better with one of the hottest teams in the NHL in town Friday night, and one has to wonder if Randy Carlyle may become the sixth head coach fired this season.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, meanwhile, have been one of the best teams in the NHL since December 19. With their 2-1 win at Washington on that date, the Penguins embarked on an eight-game win streak and have lost only once since, going 9-1-0 in their last 10 games. Sidney Crosby has been making a case for the Hart Trophy again with four goals and 12 assists during the last 10 games, including a goal and an assist in his team’s last game, a 5-1 win over the Panthers on Tuesday. While Crosby is clearly leading the way up front, the bigger story in Pittsburgh has been between the pipes as Matt Murray has won eight straight games and looks like the goalie who helped lead the Pens to back-to-back Stanley Cup wins in 2016 and 2017. On the blue line, Kris Letang is having one of his best seasons in recent memory and recently had a seven-game point streak snapped in which he had three goals and seven assists.

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With the Penguins playing playoff hockey and the Ducks likely playing desperate hockey, this has the makings of a good and entertaining game, but that desperation from Anaheim will cost them in the end as Crosby and the Pens can turn desperation into mistakes. Take the Penguins on the puck line.

The Penguins are 24-19 against the spread and 11-9 on the road. Pittsburgh has scored 152 goals and allowed 123. They’re 19-19-5 on the over/under and 9-10-1 on the road. The Pens are 20-23 on the puck line and 10-10 on the road. Crosby leads the team in goals (20), assists (33) and points (52). Letang leads the blue line with 10 goals and 27 helpers.

The Ducks are 19-25 against the spread and 10-14 at home. Anaheim has scored 105 goals and allowed 129. They’re 15-28-1 on the over/under and 9-15 at home. The Ducks are 19-25 on the puck line and 11-13 at home. Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks in assists (20) and points (29). Pontus Aberg, Ondrej Kase and Jakob Silfverberg are tied for the team lead in goals with 11 apiece.

Goaltending Matchup

For the Penguins, Murray is 12-5-0-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .924 save percentage. Casey DeSmith is 12-5-0-1 with a 2.78 GAA and .917 save percentage.

For the Ducks, John Gibson is 15-13-0-7 with a 2.62 GAA and .923 save percentage. Chad Johnson is 1-0-2-0 with a 2.42 GAA and .911 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report

For the Penguins, forward Zach Aston-Reese is on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, and defenseman Justin Schultz remains out indefinitely with a leg injury.

For the Ducks, goalie Ryan Miller remains out with a sprained MCL. Forwards Patrick Eaves (ribs), Kevin Roy (upper-body injury) and Perry (knee) remain out indefinitely.

Final score prediction: Penguins 4, Ducks 2

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