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 Offensive StatisticsDefensive Statistics
TeamsLineGF/GASUUnitsO/USOGSHT %PPPP %SOGSHT %PPPP %
51: MINNESOTA
52: PITTSBURGH
5.0
-117
2.3 / 2.3
3.1 / 2.2
20-16
25-11
+3.4
+8.8
9-20-7
13-18-5
992
1115
8.5%
10.0%
111
119
20.7%
26.9%
948
972
8.8%
8.0%
117
107
21.4%
13.1%
Power Rating Line
The power rating system is based on recent game results. The section should be used to compare the relative strength of the two teams involved. A power line is calculated using both teams ratings and home field advantage. Where the power line differs significantly from the current line, the team with the edge is indicated.
 Power Rating Line
TeamsGoaliesRatingEstimated LineEdge
MINNESOTABACKSTROM3.30, +151 
PITTSBURGHZATKOFF4.30, -151 
Team Trends and Angles
All team trends listed below apply to the current game.
MINNESOTA - Recent ATS Trends
 ATS Win/Loss RecordOver/Under
 Current YearLast 3 YearsSince 1996  CurrentLast 3   Since 1996
DescriptionW-LUnitsW-LUnitsW-LUnitsO-UO-UO-U
in all games20-16+3.456-66-4.9477-483-2.79-2041-57379-462
in a road game where where the total is 5 or less6-9-2.818-32-10.1147-165+7.13-812-24119-141
in December games5-3+2.311-12-0.782-79+5.31-68-1267-70
first half of the season20-16+3.441-34+7.2236-219+14.69-2024-37181-216
in non-conference games9-6+2.214-19-5.6105-94+11.63-1010-1883-105
after 3 or more consecutive unders7-4+3.610-9+1.778-61+20.43-68-663-62
when playing against a team with a winning record10-10+0.626-34-1.6222-263-12.65-1320-30184-235
when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season10-10+0.617-16+3.2109-108+12.25-138-2177-111

PITTSBURGH - Recent ATS Trends
 ATS Win/Loss RecordOver/Under
 Current YearLast 3 YearsSince 1996  CurrentLast 3   Since 1996
DescriptionW-LUnitsW-LUnitsW-LUnitsO-UO-UO-U
in all games25-11+8.885-53+7.6696-668-48.113-1867-57649-628
in a home game where where the total is 5 or less2-0+25-2+1.861-82-380-00-367-52
in December games7-1+6.214-7+6106-101-12.22-46-12101-102
first half of the season25-11+8.845-28+8298-281-22.913-1828-36257-289
when playing on back-to-back days4-3012-11-2.6116-131-24.72-313-8121-117
after a division game10-5+3.426-23-9.9225-199+5.55-725-18205-191
in non-conference games5-2+2.418-7+8.8144-146-10.82-511-11136-140
after scoring 4 goals or more in their previous game8-5+1.140-25+1.1266-227-74-634-24251-223
after a 3 game unbeaten streak6-5-0.822-11+6.8131-91+17.65-417-1199-107
when playing against a team with a winning record8-6+0.638-32-4.9318-366-385-633-29334-297
when playing against a team with a winning record in the first half of the season8-6+0.614-19-9123-148-26.15-610-18123-132
Team Statistics
Peformance statistics for each team in various situations are listed below. Categories where a team has performed poorly are denoted in red. Categories where a team has performed well are denoted in green.
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games20-16-0+3.520-16+3.59-202.327.62.326.3
Team Stats (Road Games)6-11-0-4.96-11-4.93-101.928.52.829.1
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.43-2+1.40-42.025.21.833.2
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)3684232234599928.5%1112320.7%145
Team Stats (Road Games)17327913334856.6%521019.2%55
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510125231267.9%9222.2%15
Stats Against (All Games) 83252627599488.8%1172521.4%137
Stats Against (Road Games) 48151614364949.7%621524.2%76
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 9351001665.4%17317.6%17
MINNESOTA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)121029126290.0%23-7-4.33-7-0-33-5
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Road Games)6518016491.1%22-3-0.62-3-001-3
NIKLAS BACKSTROM(vs. Non-Conference)32514792.2%11-1-0.21-1-000-2
NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)4412511491.2%20-4-4.40-4-0-40-4
JOSH HARDING (All Games)272663659793.9%317-9+7.717-9-0+86-15
JOSH HARDING (Road Games)121229527593.2%04-8-4.34-8-0-42-7
JOSH HARDING(vs. Non-Conference)141332830793.6%28-5+2.48-5-0+33-8
JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)4412712195.3%03-1+2.43-1-0+20-3
DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)20161062.5%00-000-0-000-0
DARCY KUEMPER (Road Games)20161062.5%00-000-0-000-0
DARCY KUEMPER(vs. Non-Conference)20161062.5%00-000-0-000-0
DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)20161062.5%00-000-0-000-0

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games25-11-0+8.825-11+8.813-183.131.02.227.0
Team Stats (Home Games)15-3-0+8.815-3+8.87-93.331.71.928.5
Last 5 Games5-0-0+5.25-0+5.21-33.228.21.631.8
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)3611231364148111510.0%1193226.9%193
Team Stats (Home Games)18601819212457010.5%571526.3%106
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5166361214111.3%10330.0%26
Stats Against (All Games) 78202928129728.0%1071413.1%128
Stats Against (Home Games) 3461711005136.6%4449.1%58
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 8143001595.0%17211.8%16
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)303077972092.4%121-9+8.421-9-0+109-16
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)161644041594.3%114-2+9.914-2-0+105-9
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY(vs. Non-Conference)7719818794.4%05-2+2.45-2-0+22-5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)4413012394.6%04-0+4.14-0-0+41-2
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEFF ZATKOFF (All Games)7619117491.1%04-2+0.34-2-004-2
JEFF ZATKOFF (Home Games)32736487.7%01-1-1.21-1-0-12-0
JEFF ZATKOFF(vs. Non-Conference)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEFF ZATKOFF (Last 4 Games)4311711094.0%03-0+33-0-0+32-1
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.21,  PITTSBURGH 2.99
Current Season Results And Upcoming Games
Here are the most recent results and upcoming schedules for the two teams involved. Lines, total, game scores, results versus the spread, straight up and against the total are all displayed.
MINNESOTA - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
11/23/2013at WINNIPEG3-2W0, -130W5 ovP
11/25/2013at ST LOUIS0-3L0, +135L5 ovU
11/27/2013PHOENIX1-3L0, -120L5 ovU
11/29/2013COLORADO1-3L0, -120L5 unU
11/30/2013at COLORADO2-3L0, +115L5 unP
12/2/2013PHILADELPHIA2-0W0, -155W5 unU
12/5/2013CHICAGO4-3W0, +115W5 ovO
12/6/2013at COLUMBUS0-4L0, -120L5 unU
12/8/2013SAN JOSE3-1W0, +110W5 ovU
12/11/2013at ANAHEIM1-2L0, +105L5 ovU
12/12/2013at SAN JOSE1-3L0, +175L5 ovU
12/14/2013at COLORADO2-1W0, +130W5 unU
12/17/2013VANCOUVER3-2W0, -110W5 unP
12/19/2013at PITTSBURGH 
12/22/2013at NY RANGERS 
12/23/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
12/27/2013at WINNIPEG 
12/29/2013NY ISLANDERS 

PITTSBURGH - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
11/22/2013NY ISLANDERS4-3W0, -215W5.5 ovO
11/23/2013at MONTREAL2-3L0, -120L5 ovP
11/25/2013at BOSTON3-4L0, -105L5 evO
11/27/2013TORONTO6-5W0, -210W5.5 unO
11/29/2013at TAMPA BAY3-0W0, -140W5.5 unU
11/30/2013at FLORIDA5-1W0, -145W5.5 unO
12/3/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-2W0, -170W5.5 ovU
12/5/2013SAN JOSE5-1W0, -105W5.5 unO
12/7/2013at BOSTON2-3L0, +110L5 ovP
12/9/2013COLUMBUS2-1W0, -205W5.5 unU
12/13/2013NEW JERSEY3-2W0, -190W5 evP
12/14/2013at DETROIT4-1W0, +105W5.5 unU
12/16/2013TORONTO3-1W0, -145W5.5 unU
12/18/2013at NY RANGERS4-3W0, +110W5 ovO
12/19/2013MINNESOTA 
12/21/2013CALGARY 
12/23/2013at OTTAWA 
12/27/2013at CAROLINA 
12/29/2013at COLUMBUS 
Head-to-Head Series History
Listed below is a summary of the games results in recent Head-to-Head matchups.
All games in this series since 1996
MINNESOTA is 10-3 (+9.1 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH since 1996
MINNESOTA is 9-3-1 straight up against PITTSBURGH since 1996
7 of 13 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL since 1996. (Over=+0.6 Units)
Games over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 1-0 (+1.1 Units) against the spread versus MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
PITTSBURGH is 1-0-0 straight up against MINNESOTA over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+1.1 Units)

All games played at PITTSBURGH since 1996
MINNESOTA is 7-0 (+9.0 Units) against the spread versus PITTSBURGH since 1996
MINNESOTA is 6-1-0 straight up against PITTSBURGH since 1996
5 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL since 1996. (Under=+2.9 Units)
Games played at PITTSBURGH over the last 3 seasons.
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

Team Line Action - Where the money is going!
Oddsmakers move a line in part because of one-sided public betting action on a side or total. They also move the line in reaction to wise guys selections. Either way, this section attempts to uncover whether the wise guys and public have a read on a given team. It summarizes both line and total movements. As a general rule, follow the line or total movement when percentages exceed 57% and go against it when they are below 43%.
Key Player Injuries
MINNESOTA
[GO] 12/18/2013 - Josh Harding expected to miss 1 week ( Illness )
[C] 11/28/2013 - Mikael Granlund out indefinitely ( Concussion )
PITTSBURGH
[C] 12/18/2013 - Jayson Megna "?" Thursday vs. Minnesota ( Leg )
[D] 12/18/2013 - Deryk Engelland expected to miss 5 games; eligible to return Dec 27 vs Carolina ( Suspension )
[C] 12/18/2013 - Evgeni Malkin expected to miss Thursday vs. Minnesota ( Lower Body )
[D] 12/16/2013 - Kris Letang out indefinitely ( Upper Body )
[LW] 12/09/2013 - James Neal probable Thursday vs. Minnesota ( Suspension Served )
[D] 12/09/2013 - Brooks Orpik out indefinitely ( Concussion )
[C] 12/06/2013 - Andrew Ebbett out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[D] 11/27/2013 - Paul Martin out 6 weeks ( Tibia )
[LW] 11/26/2013 - Tanner Glass expected to miss 4 weeks ( Hand )
[RW] 11/26/2013 - Beau Bennett expected to miss 8-10 weeks ( Wrist )
[D] 11/21/2013 - Robert Scuderi out indefinitely ( Ankle )
[GO] 10/02/2013 - Tomas Vokoun out 3-6 months ( Blood Clot )
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