NHL Odds: Canadiens vs. Penguins
Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference will meet on the NHL betting lines on Tuesday night as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins play host to the Montreal Canadiens.
The Penguins have picked up a win in four of their last five games against the Canadiens, including a 7-6 win in an easy OVER result the last time the teams met on March 2. The OVER/UNDER has gone 3-0-1 in the last four Penguins vs. Canadiens matchups.
Pittsburgh will face the 20-6-5 Canadiens. In totals betting, the Penguins are 17-15-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Canadiens are 17-14 favoring the OVER.
The visitors opened as +-163 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 6 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 2-ranked Penguins and the No. 4-rated Canadiens in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 1-ranked offense (3.5 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.5 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 24.2% rate while the Canadiens have a 80% rate on the penalty kill.
Montreal lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Sabres on March 23. Bettors who backed the Sabres at +172 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.
In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 2-1 winner at home against the Flyers. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -185 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
Montreal Canadiens Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Buffalo are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2
Pittsburgh Penguins Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Ottawa are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a win are 10-0
A few Canadiens at Penguins trends to consider:
Montreal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Montreal's last 8 games on the road
Montreal is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Montreal's last 12 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Montreal at Boston, Wednesday, March 27
Pittsburgh home to Winnipeg, Thursday, March 28