Pittsburgh Penguins (24-10-6) at Montreal Canadiens (26-12-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 10, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -125 / Pittsburgh Penguins +105 --- Over/Under: 5
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens play Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have split their last four games and play their first road game of 2015. The Penguins are averaging three goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Pittsburgh Penguins have one power play goal in their last seven games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Evgeni Malkin leads Pittsburgh with 18 goals, Sidney Crosby has 32 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Penguins are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Marc-Andre Fleury has allowed 70 goals on 932 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 21 goals on 258 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens have won six of their last seven games and are climbing up the Atlantic. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have one power play goal in their last six games and have won eight straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 17 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 17 assists and P.K. Subban has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.3 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in nine of their last 11 games. Carey Price has allowed 72 goals on 988 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 17 goals on 224 shots.
The Penguins are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 42-17 in their last 59 games playing on 2 days rest. The Canadiens are 14-6 in their last 20 home games and 36-15 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 6-2-3 in the last 11 meetings.
In a toss-up game, I have to go with the Montreal Canadiens on their home ice. The Penguins have really have had a hard time on the road and now they're playing one of the tougher teams to beat in their building. I like Montreal here.