Penguins get visit from the Canadiens
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won four of their last five games against the Montreal Canadiens as those Eastern Conference clubs hit the ice together once again on Thursday night.
The Penguins topped the Canadiens 5-1 as -190 home favorites on the NHL betting lines at the sportsbooks in their most recent meeting on January 22. The OVER/UNDER has gone 5-3-2 for totals bettors in the last 10 games between the two teams.
The Penguins sport a record of 40-15-3 heading into this matchup, while the Canadiens sit at 32-21-7 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 27-26-5 for the Penguins and 18-33-9 for the Canadiens.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Canadiens listed earlier today as underdogs of 173 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.
The Penguins sit at No. 9 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Canadiens sit at a No. 18 on the same chart.
Last time out for Montreal, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Red Wings at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Wings at +110 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Rangers on February 7. Bettors who backed the Rangers at +152 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 4-ranked offense (3.21 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.4 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 25.4% rate while the Canadiens have a 85.57% rate on the penalty kill.
A few Canadiens at Penguins trends to consider:
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Pittsburgh's last 23 games
Pittsburgh is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games at home
Montreal home to Toronto, Saturday, March 1st
Pittsburgh at Chicago, Saturday, March 1st