Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 3/15/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins (40-26-5) at Montreal Canadiens (26-32-12)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +162 / Pittsburgh Penguins -180 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: AT&TSN, RDS, NBCSN
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 39 goals, Sidney Crosby has 53 assists and Phil Kessel has 231 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 106 goals on 1,159 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 60 goals on 667 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.
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The Montreal Canadiens could use a feel good home victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 26 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 26 assists and Max Pacioretty has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 124 goals on 1,296 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 38 goals on 408 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Penguins are 7-2 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest, 98-48 in their last 146 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-8 in their last 28 overall. The Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games, 6-15 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-25 in their last 35 overall. The Penguins are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
This is a lot of juice to lay with a team that's been hit or miss the last couple of weeks and is playing on the end of a back to back. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins have had no issues playing on no rest, and the Montreal Canadiens are watching the losses pile up quickly as they count the days until the offseason. This game has to be Penguins or nothing, as there's no way I'm putting money on the Canadiens with the way they're playing.