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Hockey Matchup - Pittsburgh Penguins Montreal Canadiens Odds Preview

Montreal Canadiens

Pittsburgh Penguins
27-17-5 January 22, 2014, 07:00 PM | Consol Energy Centre 34-13-2

NHL wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Montreal battle on Wednesday at Consol Energy Centre as the Penguins try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Canadiens will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 27-17-5 this season, while the Penguins are 34-13-2. Montreal is 16-27-6 against the total, while Pittsburgh is 23-22-4 versus the number.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Penguins as -186 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Penguins at No. 8 and the Canadiens at No. 26 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 5-3 loser as they battled the Maple Leafs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Maple Leafs at -110 were rewarded, while the 8 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 5-ranked offense (3.2 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.45 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 24.22% rate while the Canadiens have a 85.62% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Canadiens at Penguins trends to consider:
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games on the road
Montreal is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 19-5 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Montreal at Detroit, Friday, January 24th
Pittsburgh at New York, Thursday, January 23rd