Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -114 / Montreal Canadiens -107 -- Over/Under: 6
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens meet Saturday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Pittsburgh Penguins look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 24.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Pittsburgh with 29 goals, Sidney Crosby has 50 assists and Kris Letang has 188 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 89 goals on 1,016 shots faced and Casey DeSmith has allowed 88 goals on 1,021 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Montreal Canadiens also need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 12.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 27 goals, Max Domi has 37 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 163 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 123 goals on 1,489 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 57 goals on 515 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Penguins are 0-6 in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 23-49 in their last 72 games as an underdog and 10-25 in their last 35 Saturday games. The Penguins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Montreal and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 4-0 in Canadiens last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.
The Montreal Canadiens have won the last two meetings against the Pittsburgh Penguins, two games in which they were monster underdogs. This time the Habs are getting a little more respect. Still, I like the over in this contest, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have been a bit shaky this week and the over is a strong trend for both sides on the end of back to backs. Also, six of the last seven meetings between the Penguins and Canadiens have produced no less than six goals. Give me the over.