Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/27/14
Montreal Canadiens (32-21-6) at Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Centre)
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -191 / Montreal Canadiens +173 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens play their second game in as many nights on Thursday as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the East leading Penguins.
Montreal is stuck playing in a back to back in this one without the services of Carey Price which makes things a little tougher to swallow considering they’re heading into Pittsburgh to take on the offensively loaded Penguins. The Canadiens are in a battle on home with the Red Wings at the moment and are currently down by a 1-0 score line indicating that the Habs are taking some time to get their feet back after the two week break and are making in game adjustments to life without Price. The Habs need to pick up the pace in the Atlantic division if they want to secure a playoff berth and while they have played much better of late they certainly aren’t a shoe in to secure an automatic berth or even a wild card spot at this rate. The trade deadline could be an interesting one for the Habs as there are rumors they might move Andrei Markov but the return for the veteran blue liner is yet to be determined and might scare the Canadiens off.
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The Penguins take to the ice for the first time since the Olympic break and get the privilege of playing on home ice but unfortunately will face a team who was able to get the bugs out a night earlier. Pittsburgh continues to be the class of the Eastern Conference and while their lead for first is smaller than it has been in recent weeks they still control their own destiny and should very well be in the running to landing a top seed. The Pens are stacked offensively and will see Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin, and Jussi Jokinen among others return from their Olympic journeys and with the way they have played so far this season you can’t count them out against any opposition. While I like the fact that Montreal was able to play against the Wings last night before coming into this one I think the Penguins will be too much especially if Price can’t go which at the moment looks like it’ll be the case. Take the Penguins.