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Hockey odds preview - Montreal vs. Pittsburgh

Montreal CanadiensPittsburgh Penguins
Jan 20, 7:00 PM | Consol Energy Centre

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds

17-21-8TEAM RECORD25-17-4

The visiting Canadiens hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Consol Energy Centre against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins bring a 25-17-4 record to the battle against the 17-21-8 Canadiens. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Pittsburgh go 18-23-5 so far and the Canadiens go 18-23-5.

View Montreal vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Canadiens listed as underdogs of +-170 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Penguins sit at No. 2 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Canadiens sit at a No. 14 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 8-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.7 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 18.8% while the Canadiens defense kills off 88.8% of their penalties.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 3-0 loser as they battled the Capitals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at +130 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Penguins were a 4-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for PUSH bettors.

Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Toronto are 5-5
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Ottawa are 6-4
After playing NY Rangers are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Canadiens at Penguins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Montreal is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against Montreal
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Montreal
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Montreal

Next up:
Montreal at Toronto, Saturday, January 21
Pittsburgh home to Washington, Sunday, January 22

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