MIN Minnesota Wild 1
Minnesota Wild Wild Overall (17-17)
ATS (15-19)
O/U (15-16-3)
December 20 2018
- SportsNet PT
PIT Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Pittsburgh Penguins Penguins Overall (17-18)
ATS (13-22)
O/U (15-15-5)
Final
Money Line Total: 6½ Puck Line ATS
123
2411 Minnesota Wild -105 Under -120 (+1.5) -280 Cover: 0.5
100
2412 Pittsburgh Penguins -115 Over EVEN (-1.5) +240 UNDER: 3
101
Final
Money Line Total: 6½ Spread ATS
2411 MIN -105 Under: -120 (+1.5) -280 Cover: 0.5
2412 PIT -115 Over: EVEN (-1.5) +240 UNDER: 3
Line Movement
Money Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Money Line
12/20/2018
2:54 PM
PIT
-115
MIN
-105
12/20/2018
8:18 AM
MIN
-105
PIT
-115
12/20/2018
7:48 AM
PIT
-115
MIN
-105
12/20/2018
7:36 AM
MIN
-105
PIT
-115
12/20/2018
7:33 AM
PIT
-120
MIN
-105
12/20/2018
12:18 AM
PIT
-120
MIN
EVEN
12/20/2018
12:03 AM
PIT
-115
MIN
-105
12/19/2018
7:27 PM
PIT
-120
MIN
EVEN
Puck Line
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Puck Line
12/20/2018
2:54 PM
PIT(-1.5)
+240
MIN
-280
12/20/2018
8:18 AM
MIN(+1.5)
-250
PIT
+210
12/20/2018
7:48 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+210
MIN
-250
12/20/2018
7:36 AM
MIN(+1.5)
-240
PIT
+200
12/20/2018
7:33 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+195
MIN
-230
12/20/2018
12:18 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+195
MIN
-230
12/20/2018
12:03 AM
PIT(-1.5)
+195
MIN
-230
12/19/2018
7:27 PM
PIT(-1.5)
+195
MIN
-230
Total
Green = RECENT CHANGE Yellow = PREVIOUS LINE CHANGE
Total
12/20/2018
2:54 PM

EVEN

-120
12/20/2018
8:18 AM

EVEN

-120
12/20/2018
7:48 AM

-105

-115
12/20/2018
7:36 AM

-105

-115
12/20/2018
7:33 AM

-105

-115
12/20/2018
12:18 AM

-105

-115
12/20/2018
12:03 AM

-110

-110
12/19/2018
7:27 PM

-110

-110
Recap

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust has no explanation for his career-best scoring run. He just wants to keep playing the same way.

Rust scored two more goals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Thursday night.

"Sometimes that's how hockey goes," Rust said. "It just wants to make me shoot the puck more, I guess."

Rust has at least one goal in five of his last six games, including the game-winner in Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on the road.

He has eight goals and nine points in his last six games after collecting one goal and seven points in his first 29 games.

"It's going in for him and we're thrilled for him," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I think he's confident now and I think he has a little bit of pressure off of him. It's not like he wasn't getting scoring chances in the first part of the season. He was. The puck just didn't seem to go in the net for him and now it is."

Rust put Pittsburgh ahead to stay when he scored his ninth of the season 8:12 into the third period.

Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel picked off a Greg Pateryn pass behind the net, and centered to the slot where Rust slipped a shot between Devan Dubnyk's pads.

Pittsburgh has won four of five games and seven of 10 overall. The Penguins have earned points in eight of their last 10 games and 13 of the last 17 following a difficult November run in which they won just one of 10 games.

"It's nice to string a few wins in a row against some pretty good teams," Sullivan said. "Every point we get in the standings is important and we're slowly but surely climbing. We're becoming harder to play against."

Casey DeSmith stopped 40 shots for his eighth win in 12 home starts. DeSmith has started nine of the last 11 games for Pittsburgh.

Jordan Greenway scored his sixth for the Wild, who have dropped three straight and five of seven. Dubnyk made 35 saves.

"It's disappointing," Dubnyk said. "We were in a really good spot going into the third period, and playing good hockey. So you want to find a way to win those games."

Greenway opened the scoring 7:13 into the first when he converted a wrist shot from inside the left circle. But Rust answered for Pittsburgh, extending his goal streak to a career-best four games.

Dubnyk left his crease, but misplayed a puck behind the net to Guentzel, who quickly centered to Rust for the goal into an empty net.

"The first one, it doesn't get much easier than that, and the second one, I came screaming down the middle and (Guentzel) found me," Rust said.

NOTES: Dominik Simon returned to the Penguins' lineup after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. Garrett Wilson was sent to the team's minor league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. ... Wild D Matt Dumba missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Penguins D Jamie Oleksiak was sidelined by a concussion. ... Pateryn played in his 200th career game.

UP NEXT

Wild: Host Dallas on Saturday.

Penguins: Visit Carolina on Saturday.

___

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Matchup
Wild Overall
W/L 17-17
ATS 15-19
Goals For 3.0
Goals Against 2.9
Total 15-16-3
Wild Away
W/L 7-9
ATS 8-8
Goals For 2.5
Goals Against 2.9
Total 6-8-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-20
6:00 PM
at Penguins L 2-1 W (1.5) U (6.5)
12-18
7:00 PM
Sharks L 4-0 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-15
12:30 PM
Flames L 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-13
7:00 PM
Panthers W 5-1 W (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-11
7:00 PM
Canadiens W 7-1 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-7
8:00 PM
at Oilers L 7-2 L (1.5) O (5.5)
12-6
8:00 PM
at Flames L 2-0 L (1.5) U (6)
12-4
9:00 PM
at Canucks W 3-2 L (-1.5) U (6)
12-1
6:00 PM
Maple Leafs L 5-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
11-29
6:00 PM
at Blue Jackets L 4-2 L (1.5) T (6)
Avg. Goals For 2.4
Avg. Goals Against 3.0
ATS 3-7
Over/Under 3-6-1
Penguins Overall
W/L 17-18
ATS 13-22
Goals For 3.3
Goals Against 3.1
Total 15-15-5
Penguins Home
W/L 10-9
ATS 7-12
Goals For 3.4
Goals Against 3.4
Total 8-7-4
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-20
6:00 PM
Wild W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-19
7:00 PM
at Capitals W 2-1 W (1.5) U (6.5)
12-17
6:00 PM
Ducks L 4-2 L (-1.5) T (6)
12-15
6:00 PM
Kings W 4-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-14
6:00 PM
Bruins W 5-3 W (-1.5) O (6)
12-12
7:00 PM
at Blackhawks L 6-3 L (-1.5) O (6)
12-10
6:00 PM
at Islanders W 2-1 L (-1.5) U (6.5)
12-8
6:00 PM
at Senators L 2-1 L (-1.5) U (7)
12-6
6:00 PM
Islanders W 6-2 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
12-4
6:00 PM
Avalanche W 6-3 W (-1.5) O (6.5)
Avg. Goals For 3.3
Avg. Goals Against 2.6
ATS 4-6
Over/Under 5-4-1
Game Summary
1st Period
MIN 12:47 GOAL scored by Jordan Greenway assisted by Charlie Coyle and Jonas BrodinMIN 1 PIT 0
MIN 11:51 Penalty to Mikael Granlund 2 minutes for Tripping (Drawn by Brian Dumoulin)
PIT 6:30 GOAL scored by Bryan Rust assisted by Jake GuentzelMIN 1 PIT 1
2nd Period
PIT 8:43 Penalty to Evgeni Malkin 2 minutes for Slashing (Drawn by Charlie Coyle)
3rd Period
PIT 16:40 Penalty to Jack Johnson 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Jason Zucker)
MIN 16:40 Penalty to Jason Zucker 2 minutes for Roughing (Drawn by Jack Johnson)
MIN 15:12 Penalty to Jonas Brodin 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Jake Guentzel)
PIT 11:48 GOAL scored by Bryan Rust assisted by Jake GuentzelMIN 1 PIT 2
PIT 3:37 Penalty to Juuso Riikola 2 minutes for Hooking (Drawn by Luke Kunin)
MIN 2:00 Penalty to Wild 2 minutes for Too Many Men on the Ice (Served by Nino Niederreiter)
Box Score
Wild
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Jordan Greenway (LW) 101110:0013:09
Jason Zucker (LW) 000402:0016:18
Luke Kunin (C) 000110:0014:27
Nino Niederreiter (RW) 000100:0013:36
Mikael Granlund (RW) 000202:0016:53
Charlie Coyle (C) 011700:0016:49
Eric Fehr (C) 000000:009:49
Mikko Koivu (C) 000510:0017:25
Zach Parise (LW) 000410:0016:48
Eric Staal (C) 000500:0018:00
Marcus Foligno (LW) 000020:0010:39
Joel Eriksson Ek (C) 000000:0011:00

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Jared Spurgeon (D) 000200:0025:28
Nick Seeler (D) 000000:009:35
Greg Pateryn (D) 000200:0021:05
Jonas Brodin (D) 011112:0023:59
Ryan Suter (D) 000400:0028:20
Nate Prosser (D) 000210:009:08

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Devan Dubnyk (G) 35/372.946LOSS
Alex Stalock (G) 0/00.000
Penguins
Forwards G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Riley Sheahan (C) 000000:0012:18
Dominik Simon (C) 000010:0012:56
Patric Hornqvist (RW) 000300:0015:53
Matt Cullen (C) 000300:0012:05
Jake Guentzel (C) 022410:0017:16
Bryan Rust (RW) 202410:0015:30
Phil Kessel (RW) 000100:0016:06
Evgeni Malkin (C) 000302:0018:07
Zachary Aston-Reese (C) 000100:0010:57
Sidney Crosby (C) 000300:0019:45
Derick Brassard (C) 000200:0013:59
Tanner Pearson (LW) 000220:0013:02

Defensemen G A PTS SOG BLKS PIM TOI
Jack Johnson (D) 000162:0018:18
Marcus Pettersson (D) 000110:0016:13
Olli Maatta (D) 000140:0017:39
Brian Dumoulin (D) 000000:0021:07
Kris Letang (D) 000600:0026:37
Juuso Riikola (D) 000202:0016:23

Goalies SAVES/SHOTS GA SAVE PCT
Casey DeSmith (G) 40/411.976WIN
Matt Murray (G) 0/00.000
Officials
Linesmen Pierre Racicot
Linesmen Scott Driscoll
Referee Gord Dwyer
Referee Ghislain Hebert