Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Seattle Kraken Player Props, Picks and Predictions – Thursday, Feb. 29

Sep 28, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) handles the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at PPG Paints Arena.
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We have your Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Seattle Kraken prop betting and game preview needs covered as the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the road to face the Seattle Kraken.

The Pittsburgh Penguins (27-21-8) are set to clash with the Seattle Kraken (25-22-11) in an intriguing matchup at Climate Pledge Arena. With both teams fighting for a playoff spot in their respective conferences, this game could have significant implications on the postseason landscape.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Seattle Kraken Odds Info

Moneyline: Pittsburgh Penguins -104 (BetRivers) / Seattle Kraken -115 (DraftKings)

Puck Line: -1.5 – Pittsburgh Penguins -250 (BetMGM) / Seattle Kraken +210 (FanDuel)

Total: 5.5 – +110 (PointsBet) / -130 (PointsBet)

Game Info

Date: Thursday, Feb. 29

Time: 10:00 PM

Location: Climate Pledge Arena – Seattle, WA


Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Trends

  • On the road this season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have 12 wins and 15 losses.
  • As the underdog this season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have 11 wins and 10 losses.
  • This season, the Pittsburgh Penguins have hit 22 overs and 34 unders.

Seattle Kraken Betting Trends

  • At home this season, the Seattle Kraken have 13 wins and 15 losses.
  • As the favorite this season, the Seattle Kraken have 11 wins and 10 losses.
  • This season, the Seattle Kraken have hit 26 overs and 32 unders.

Historic Head-to-Head Stats and Analysis

Over the last two seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Seattle Kraken have faced off three times, with the Kraken leading the series with two victories to the Penguins’ one. The first meeting took place on October 29, 2022, where Seattle, playing at home, secured a 3-1 win. The second encounter on November 5, 2022, saw the Kraken emerge victorious again with a close 3-2 win, this time in Pittsburgh. However, the most recent game on January 15, 2024, ended in a 3-0 shutout for the Penguins at home. In terms of betting statistics, the Kraken have covered the spread twice, while the Penguins have done so once. Interestingly, all three games have resulted in the under hitting, with total scores of 4, 5, and 3, respectively, never surpassing the over-under line set for each game. The home team has won twice, indicating a slight home-ice advantage in this matchup. The Penguins have been the favorite once, as indicated by the negative spread and lower moneyline in their most recent game, and they lived up to that expectation with a win.

The most recent game between the two teams on January 15, 2024, was a dominant performance by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who shut out the Seattle Kraken with a final score of 3-0. Sidney Crosby led the charge for the Penguins, scoring all three goals and securing a hat-trick. His first goal was assisted by Drew O’Connor and Bryan Rust just 49 seconds into the second period, followed by another goal assisted by Kris Letang and Rickard Rakell. Crosby’s final goal came late in the third period, with Rakell and Erik Karlsson assisting. The Penguins’ goalie, Tristan Jarry, contributed to the victory with a perfect save percentage, stopping all 22 shots he faced. The Kraken’s Joey Daccord, despite the loss, had a commendable game with a save percentage of 0.938, making 30 saves on 33 shots. The Penguins were the favorites going into the game, with a closing moneyline of -162 compared to the Kraken’s +132, and they managed to cover the spread of -1.5. The game’s total score of 3 fell well below the closing over-under of 5.5, marking the third consecutive under result for matchups between these teams.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Seattle Kraken Predictions

The Penguins, currently on a three-game winning streak, are looking to continue their push towards the playoffs. Led by the ever-dominant Sidney Crosby, who has amassed 62 points this season, Pittsburgh boasts a potent offense that will test the Kraken’s defenses. The Penguins’ recent acquisition of defenseman Erik Karlsson has also paid dividends, with Karlsson contributing 35 assists and solidifying the blue line. Pittsburgh’s performance on the road will be crucial as they seek to improve upon their 12-11-4 away record.

Seattle, meanwhile, is coming off a win and aiming to leverage their home-ice advantage where they’ve compiled a 13-10-5 record. The Kraken will rely heavily on Jared McCann, their leading goal-scorer with 25 goals, to penetrate the Penguins’ defense. Vince Dunn, leading the team with 32 assists, will be another key player for Seattle, especially on the power play. The Kraken’s recent games have seen a trend towards the under, indicating a potential defensive battle against the Penguins.

This game will feature a head-to-head between Crosby and McCann, two centers who are pivotal to their teams’ success. Defensively, both teams will need to be on their toes, with Pittsburgh’s offense ranking in the upper echelon of the league and Seattle’s defense showing signs of resilience. Special teams could also play a significant role in this matchup, with both teams looking to capitalize on power-play opportunities. As the regular season winds down, every game counts, and this one is no exception.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Seattle Kraken Pick

Given the current form of both teams and the historic head-to-head statistics, the Pittsburgh Penguins moneyline bet is the more compelling choice. The Penguins are on a three-game winning streak and have shown they can shut out the Kraken, as evidenced by their last encounter which ended in a 3-0 victory. Sidney Crosby’s leadership and scoring prowess, combined with the defensive strength brought by Erik Karlsson, give Pittsburgh the edge. Additionally, the Penguins have demonstrated the ability to win as favorites, and with the moneyline odds being quite close, the value on Pittsburgh is significant.

While the Kraken have the home-ice advantage and have won two out of the three previous matchups, the Penguins’ recent form and the high stakes of the playoff race suggest they will bring an elevated level of play. The Kraken’s trend towards the under in recent games indicates potential challenges in scoring against Pittsburgh’s defense. Considering these factors, and the fact that the Penguins have covered the spread in their last meeting, a bet on the Pittsburgh Penguins moneyline is justified as they aim to solidify their playoff position against a competitive Kraken team.

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -104 (BetRivers)

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Seattle Kraken Player Prop Picks

Here are the players who have hit over their current prop line in at least 7 of their last 10 games.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Player Name Prop Line Over Rate Over Odds Under Odds Last 10 Average Projection
Drew O’Connor Shots On Goal 1.5 7/10 -175 +135 2.1 1.96
Erik Karlsson Points 0.5 8/10 -190 +145 0.9 0.88
Erik Karlsson Assists 0.5 7/10 -135 +105 0.8 0.80
Lars Eller Shots On Goal 1.5 8/10 -190 +145 2.2 2.14
Reilly Smith Shots On Goal 1.5 8/10 -160 +124 2.1 1.98

Seattle Kraken

Player Name Prop Line Over Rate Over Odds Under Odds Last 10 Average Projection
Jared McCann Points 0.5 8/10 -125 -105 1.3 1.20
Eeli Tolvanen Shots On Goal 1.5 7/10 -175 +135 2.3 2.35