Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 10/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0-1) at Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +150 / Pittsburgh Penguins +150 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins look to shake off a tough loss at home against the Avalanche as they take to the road to battle with the Montreal Canadiens.
The Penguins were able to hang three goals on Semyon Varlamov last night but it wasn’t enough as the Avs put up four including the overtime winner and now send the Pens to the road with a sour taste in their mouth on the road to Montreal. The Pens are the defending champions but are without Sidney Crosby right now and that makes a world of a difference as he is the bets player in the league and while the penguins do have a ton of other offensive weapons and haven’t struggled so far to score but in a back to back after losing the first half at home and playing the second half on the road I think they could be in tough. The Pens will likely turn to former Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon here as he will match up against AL Montoya who is filling in for Carey Price.
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The Canadiens are coming off a shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators but are back to home here to face off against a very good Penguins side and you can be sure that they will be fired up to give the Bell Centre crowd something to cheer about. The Habs have a pretty solid roster and are a tea destined for the playoffs once Carey Price is back and that should be very soon which will give this team an added boost, despite a solid showing from Montoya and the rest of the team so far. The Canadiens will need a big effort out of Shea Weber who is now the team’s shut down defenseman, and with Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin to deal with who are two of the best goal scorers in the NHL.
The Pens are 8-0 in their last eight in the fourth game of a 4-6 set and 4-0 in their last four during the second leg of a back to back while the Habs are 4-1 in their last five against the Metro and 4-9 in their last 13 Tuesday games. The road team is 6-1 in their last seven meetings between these two but I think that snaps here as the Canadiens will be well rested and ready for this one as Montoya gives the Habs the edge over Condon in goal