NHL Odds, Pick & Preview: Penguins vs. Kraken (Dec. 6)
Steph Chambers/Getty Images. Pictured: Philipp Grubauer.
- Pittsburgh continues its road trip as it heads to Seattle on Monday night.
- The Kraken have just one loss in their last seven games but are a +120 home underdog over the Penguins.
- Pat Pickens breaks down the game and gives his top pick, below.
Kraken vs. Penguins Odds
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The surging Seattle Kraken will try to boost their franchise-record points streak to five when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Climate Pledge Arena on Monday.
The Penguins will close the northwest stretch of their five-game road trip Monday. Pittsburgh is 1-1-1 in its previous three games, most recently defeating the lowly Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Saturday.
After a rocky start, the Kraken are 5-1-1 in their past seven games and have outscored their opposition 25-17 in that span. Seattle has climbed out of the Pacific Division basement and is within six points of a playoff berth — albeit with four teams ahead of them in the chase.
Kraken Have Turned It On
It’s taken a couple of months, but the Kraken are finally seeing the results of playing Dave Hakstol’s system. Seattle is eyeing its fourth straight home win and has been getting some solid goaltending of late, particularly from starter Philipp Grubauer.
Grubauer’s advanced numbers are ghastly — he has just an .891 save percentage and a league-worst minus-10.7 goals-saved above average at 5-on-5 this season — but he is 3-1-1 in his past five starts with a .924 save percentage in that span.
Seattle’s offense has turned it on recently as well. The Kraken have scored at least three goals in six of their past eight games and have topped four goals in three of their past four, and 10 Seattle players have at least 10 points, led by Jaden Schwartz, who has 17.
Penguins Buoyed By Goalie Play
The Penguins weathered a storm of injuries early and are sitting in the No. 4 spot in the Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Pittsburgh has been anchored by standout goalie Tristan Jarry, who has played more minutes than any other goalie and was named the NHL’s No. 2 star for last week. Jarry has all 11 wins for the Penguins this season, as backup Casey DeSmith is 0-3-1 and has a minus-5.84 goals-saved above average according to Natural Stat Trick.
The Penguins have been particularly adept at banking points away from home, as they have picked up at least one nine of their 12 road games to date. Still, at 6-3-3, they have as many losses as wins away from home.
Penguins vs. Kraken Pick
Seattle has been especially adept at knocking off playoff teams this season, particularly of late — the Kraken beat the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and have wins over high-powered teams like the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers in this recent run of success.
Plus we like the odds of a plus-money home underdog, particularly against an Eastern team that might be sleepy in the final game of its Western road swing.
Pick: Seattle ML (+120)