Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Bell Centre )
PIT -105 O:U 6
The Pittsburgh Penguins go to Montreal, Canada to take on the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at the Bell Centre. The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off of a loss to the San Jose Sharks, snapping a three-game winning streak that the Penguins were on.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are 24-11-5 on the season, but are not great on the road, resulting in an 8-7-2 on the road. The Penguins are without Sidney Crosby at the moment, as he is on injured reserve. With Crosby still injured, the Penguins are a very different team. The Penguins will also be without Jake Guentzel, who leads the team in points and goals this season.
The Canadiens are on a four-game losing streak. Montreal has lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Florida Panthers, the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Tampa Bay Lightning again in their last game during this losing streak.
The Canadiens are 18-17-6 on the season, and sixth in the Atlantic Division, falling from third place just a few games ago. Montreal can score well, scoring the 11th most goals per game but need to tighten up their defense as they allow the eighth-most goals per game. That rate is getting better but still not where the Canadiens will want it to be if they're going to contend in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh is 20-20 ATS this season
Penguins are 5-0 in their last five after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.
Montreal is 22-19 ATS this season
Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are certainly not the team that they are used to be, which is typically in the best team in hockey. However, they're still a very good team but are with the injuries that Pittsburgh is dealing with, the Penguins are more of an unpredictable team. Montreal is falling farther and farther down, and cannot seem to buy a win. I don't think that Montreal's woes stop here, but I think that Pittsburgh will win this game in a close victory. Final Score Prediction, Pittsburgh Penguins win 5-3.