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Canadiens Unable To Stop Crosby, Pens

The Montreal Canadiens are seemingly starting to right the ship after one of their worst months in franchise history, but a date with the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday may slow their progress. The Habs have lost 10 of their past 15 games against the Pens, including a 2-5 record at the Bell Centre.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the Canadiens past five home games.
  • The Penguins are 4-8 in their past 12 games on the road.
  • Max Pacioretty has two goals and one assist in two games against the Penguins this season.

Brendan Gallagher has proven to be one of the main pieces to the Canadiens offense as they immediately started scoring again once he came back into the lineup. The diminutive winger missed all of December, a month in which the Habs averaged less than two goals per game, but since his return the team has scored 10 goals in three games. Mike Condon will get the start in nets for the Habs as he will look to continue a three-game winning streak in which he has only allowed five goals.

Sidney Crosby has absolutely torched the Candiens in his career. Ever since Crosby played his first NHL game in Canada, a game in which he scored the shootout winner against the Habs, the superstar has tallied 40 points in 30 games against Montreal. Since returning from a concussion, Marc-Andre Fleury is 1-1-1 with a .934 save percentage.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Montreal Canadiens as -117 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.1-2.4 win for the Canadiens on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Montreal Canadiens are 23-16-3 so far on the season. The Pittsburgh Penguins, meanwhile, are 19-16-5. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Montreal go 19-17-6 and the Penguins go 13-20-7 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 25-rated Montreal Canadiens and the No. 15-ranked Pittsburgh Penguins, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens No. 6-ranked offense (2.88 goals per game) against a Pittsburgh Penguins defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.47 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 18.44% rate while the Penguins have a 84.5% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Blackhawks on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blackhawks at -125 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Montreal was a 2-1 winner in its last match at home against the Devils. They won as favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • Pittsburgh is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing Montreal
  • Montreal is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
  • Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games at home
  • Montreal is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Carolina, Tuesday, January 12th
Montreal home to Chicago, Thursday, January 14th