Sliding Habs seek Pittsburgh payout
The Montreal Canadiens have only won one of their last six games against the Pittsburgh Penguins as those Eastern Conference clubs meet on the ice in NHL betting action on Wednesday night.
The Penguins blanked the Canadiens 1-0 as a -153 home favorite on the NHL odds when those teams last met on March 26, with Marc-Andre Fleury getting the shutout for Pittsburgh that day. The OVER/UNDER is 4-5-1 in the last 10 Pens vs. Habs contests.
The Canadiens will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 26-11-5 this season, while the Penguins are 32-10. Montreal is 22-20 against the total, while Pittsburgh is 20-21-1 versus the number.
The visitors opened as +-131 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.
The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Penguins rated this week at No. 3 and the Canadiens sitting at No. 2.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 23.8% rate while the Canadiens have a 81.8% rate on the penalty kill.
Montreal was a 7-3 loser in its last match at home against the Flyers. They lost as -175 favorites, while the total score of 10 made winners of OVER bettors.
Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 3-1 result against the Panthers on April 13. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -175 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Florida are 7-3
After a win are 9-1
A few Canadiens at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Montreal's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Montreal is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Montreal is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Pittsburgh is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
Montreal home to Tampa Bay, Thursday, April 18
Pittsburgh at Boston, Friday, April 19