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The Pittsburgh Penguins are hosting the Florida Panthers tonight. Here's why you should be on the home underdog.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Florida Panthers Prediction: Take the Home Underdog

What a great matchup we have tonight in the NHL with two of the five best teams in the league facing off tonight as the Florida Panthers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is a very important game as the Panthers are trying to hold off the Lightning in the Atlantic with a one point lead, while the Penguins are tied with the Rangers for second place in the Metro and you want to get that home ice for the two vs three match up in the playoff. This will be the tiebreaker as both teams have split one goal games so far.

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Florida Panthers Prediction

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The Panthers are hot, winning three in a row. They look amazing. Well, that's what you think but who have they beaten in this three-game winning streak you might be wondering? How about this murderers row of Buffalo, Detroit, and Ottawa all three are under .500 and the only playoffs they will be seeing is the video clip of Jim Mora saying "playoffs are you kidding me playoffs."

They have beaten garbage and before this little streak, they were playing awful losing to the hot and cold Oilers, Columbus, and Nashville all teams over .500 so when you lose to good teams and beat trash you are not a hot team.

You see the winning streak but the Panthers are not playing well. They gave up 16 goals in three games against good teams and the Penguins are clearly a good team. Florida was so confident in the Buffalo game they started a 20-year-old rookie third-stringer. Yes, their stud goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will be back tonight but he did give up 10 of those 16 goals to good teams.

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This is a line and a team that is living off the past. We feel they are not playing well at all, especially on defense and it doesn't matter who the goalie is tonight. This is the NHL and when a team isn't playing well you don't want to lay on the road with them. 

Every year it seems the Penguins are done but yet they keep winning and this team was hot but just lost a very tough game to the best team in the conference on the road in Carolina. Before that loss, they beat three playoff teams but not only did they beat them they have been playing tremendous defense. They've given up just three goals in the games before and they held Carolina to two before the shootout which shows this team is playing great right now defensively and against the best offense in the league tonight, they have to.

People may not know this as Pittsburgh has always had the powerful offenses but this team is top 10 in all defensive categories and number four giving up only 2.6  goals a game. When this team is clicking they are a very dangerous team and one of the best in the East hands down. Don't be fooled by this fake hot streak with Florida as Pittsburgh is playing their best hockey of the year. 

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Florida is not as good on the road as they are at home and they are about to play nine out of ten on the road so this is going to be a dangerous stretch for them and with two games against bottom feeder Philly they might be a little relaxed tonight.

These teams played twice with both splitting one-goal victories in overtime and a shootout so very evenly matched but Pittsburgh was without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin so imagine how much better they are with their two studs.

Crosby has a six-game point streak and a three-game goal streak, and Malkin has points in seven of his past eight games both are playing at a very high level right now. Lastly, Pittsburgh is getting Teddy Blueger back while Florida may be without Anton Lundell who has not been playing like a rookie. Defense wins games and when these two play defense rules as they have gone under seven out of eight and Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry has given up only two goals in his last two starts.

We will gladly take the home underdog Penguins +107 currently at FanDuel and we fully expect with all their studs back tonight for them to hold on home ice and shut down the high Flying Panthers.

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