Pittsburgh Penguins (41-23-7) at Montreal Canadiens (32-32-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +155 / Pittsburgh Penguins -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens meet in game three of their best-of-five qualifying round series from Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to build on a 3-1 win over Montreal in game two that evened the qualifying series up at one win apiece.
Sidney Crosby opened the scoring just 4:26 into the game and the lead held up through the rest of the 1st period, the entire 2nd period and a good chunk of the 3rd period before Jason Zucker doubled Pittsburgh’s lead with just over five minutes to go in the game. Jesperi Kotkaniemi made things interesting, pulling a goal back for Montreal with 2:10 to go, but that’s as close as they’d get the rest of the way as Jake Guentzel restored Pittsburgh’s two-goal cushion with an empty-netter with :10 to go.
Matt Murray got the win for Pittsburgh in goal after allowing just one goal on 27 shots faced in the win while Carey Price took his first loss of the postseason in goal for Montreal after allowing two goals on 37 shots faced in defeat.
Pittsburgh is 4-9 in their last 13 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite while the under is 11-4-2 in their last 17 games against a team with a losing record. Montreal is 3-7 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Eastern Conference. The under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The first two games of this series have seen a combined 9 goals, and I expect no different here if we’re being honest. These teams simply don’t like each other and the Habs are out to prove that they’re no pushover in this 5 vs. 12 matchup while the Penguins have a certain reputation to uphold as one of the NHL’s perennial contenders. I think game three is as gritty, as physical and as tight as the first two games were, which is what playoff hockey should be and is for the most part. I’ll side with the under as my pick for this game.