Montreal Canadiens (6) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (-168) Preview & Prediction (12/10/2019)

The Montreal Canadiens will be on the road Tuesday taking the ice against the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Montreal will be looking for back-to-back wins following a 2-1 win in New York against the Rangers on Friday. The Penguins will be looking for a fourth consecutive win after beating the Red Wings 5-3 in Detroit their last time on the ice.

The Montreal Canadiens are now 13-11-6 following a 2-1 win against the Rangers in New York. The Canadiens were able to outshoot New York 33-30 in the game while winning just 17 of 43 faceoffs. Montreal was unable to score a goal on their only power-play opportunity while defending the net both of the times they were forced to skate with a man in the box. They had 18 blocked shots and eight takeaways in the game

The Canadiens have been good for an average of 3.17 goals per game this season while giving up 3.37 to their opponents. They have been able to fire 35.2 shots per game while allowing 31.7 on the defensive end of the ice. Montreal has scored 16 power-play goals for a 19.0 conversion rate to go with a 75.6 penalty kill percentage.

The Pittsburgh Penguins  are now 17-9-4 on the year following a 5-3 win against the Redwings in Detroit. Both teams were able to fire 28 shots in the game with both Pittsburgh and Detroit winning 31 faceoffs. The Penguins were able to score a goal on one of their two power-play opportunities while defending the net one of the three times they were forced to skate shorthanded. They had 14 blocked shots and two takeaways in the game

Pittsburgh has been able to find the back of the net for an average of 3.40 goals per game for the season while giving up 2.70 to their opponents. They have been able to fire an average of 34.0 shots per game while allowing 29.4 on the defensive end of the ice. They have 14 power-play goals this season for a 16.1 conversion rate to go with an 81.9 penalty kill percentage.

The Penguins will take the ice as -173 favorites with the Canadiens skating in as 150 underdogs. The total is sitting at six on the game. I’m liking the total going over in this one. Pittsburg has been scoring an average of almost three and a half goals per game with the Canadiens allowing almost just as many goals to be scored by their opponents. Montreal has been lighting the lantern over three times a night themselves. I like the Penguins winning at home, but I think they do it in a high-scoring fashion.

NHL Stats and Trends:

  • The over is 7-1 in Montreal’s previous eight games vs. the Metropolitan division.
  • The over is 10-3 in Montreal’s previous 13 games vs. a team with a winning record.
  • The over is 8-3 in Montreal’s previous 11 games vs. the Eastern Conference.
  • The over is 5-1 in Pittsburgh’s previous six games vs. the Eastern Conference.

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