Canadiens vs. Penguins - 1/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (19-16-5) at Montreal Canadiens (23-16-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -117 / Pittsburgh Penguins +106 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The Pittsburgh Penguins hope for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power plays. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 19 goals, Sidney Crosby has 19 assists and Phil Kessel has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their power play chances. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 64 goals on 870 shots faced and Jeff Zatkoff has given up 21 goals on 282 shots. Fleury has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Montreal Canadiens also need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 17 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 23 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 77 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 58 goals on 632 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Penguins are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. a team with a winning record and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a win and 39-16 in their last 55 Saturday games. The Penguins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Montreal.
Both teams are hungry for a victory and could use this game as a way of getting back on track a bit. However, the Canadiens are at home and playing a team that struggles big time recently against winning teams. I'll take the home team for the cheap price.