Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) at Montreal Canadiens (1-1-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens +125 / Pittsburgh Penguins -167 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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he Pittsburgh Penguins look to exact some revenge as they head to the road to face off with the Canadiens on Saturday night.
The Penguins head into the Bell Centre on Saturday night looking to return the favour on the Canadiens after Montreal sent the Penguins to a loss at home last week in what should be a pretty entertaining contest. Pittsburgh has one of the league’s best attacks once again as they are led by the trio of Phil Kessel, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin which is rivaled by very few in the NHL and certainly has no match from Montreal. Pittsburgh has been suspect in the defensive zone so far and the play of Matt Murray remains a concern but he may not be in the crease in this one as backup Casey DeSmith is expected to start. The Pens are big road favourites which makes us want to jump the other way and while Montreal is expected to be among the league’s weaker teams this season they have been good to start the year.
The Canadiens head into Saturday night’s game with a 1-1-1 record but they lost their only game at home so far this season and have to deal with a Penguins side who will surely be ready to make amends for their loss against Montreal earlier this season. Montreal is 1-6 in their last seven home games but historically they have done a nice job rebounding from an embarrassing loss at home which is exactly the spot we find them in after getting thrashed by the Kings earlier this week. Montreal has just 15 wins in their last 51 games but it looks like we are getting the Carey Price of old and if he can perform up to expectation than Montreal is capable of beating anybody in the league.
The Penguins are 6-2 in their last eight road games and are 5-1 in their last six meetings with the Canadiens while Montreal is 10-28 in their last 38 games against the East and 7-19 in their last 26 Saturday games. The Pens are big favourites here but should be as they are a much better team than Montreal and get revenge on the Habs after they won in Pittsburgh last week.