Blackhawks at Penguins 1/6/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/08/2019 at 9:04 AM ET

Blackhawks at Penguins 1/6/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks look to snap a two-game losing streak when they visit the surging Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blackhawks lost to the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime on Thursday. Dominik Kahun and Patrick Kane scored Chicago’s two goals in the loss. The Blackhawks are 15-21-7 and next to last in the Central division.

Pittsburgh won its eighth straight on Friday night shutting out the Winnipeg Jets 4-0. Olli Maatta, Matt Cullen, Dominik Simon and Kris Letang scored for the Penguins while Matt Murray made 33 saves in net. The Penguins are tied for first in the Metropolitan division with Washington on 52 points. Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals scored with 23, in assists with 28 and points with 51. Goalie Cam Ward is 6-7-4 and has a 3.85 goals against and .888 save percentage. On the season, Chicago is 20th in goals scored per game at 2.86 and 29th in goals against at 3.60.

Sidney Crosby is the team leader for Pittsburgh in goals scored with 19, in assists with 32 and points with 51. Goaltender Matt Murray is 11-5-1 with a 2.89 goals against average and .913 save percentage. Pittsburgh is 4th in goals scored per game at 3.49 and 7th in goals against at 2.80.

While the Blackhawks have dominated this matchup, Pittsburgh is hockey’s hottest club having won eight straight. The Penguins have won 13 of the last 16 overall, each of the last 6 on 1 day’s rest, each of the last 7 following a win and each of the last 4 versus teams from the Central division. Chicago has lost 9 of its last 11 to Eastern Conference teams. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Penguins win 5-1.

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