Betting on today’s Canadiens and Penguins game? Catch the action at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, as the Penguins hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Eastern conference game currently have the Penguins as the -1.5 goal favorite with the over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals.

MONTREAL CANADIENS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Penguins picking up a 4-3 win.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Canadiens (+1.5)

Does Montreal Have What it Takes on the Road?

On the road this season, the Canadiens have gone 10-9-4, and they have lost their last two road games. Against the Eastern Conference, Montreal is 11-15, and they are 6th in the Atlantic Division. Overall, the Canadiens are 20-21-7, and they have gone 4-6 in their last ten games.

As the underdog this season, Montreal is 17-20-7, and they have been the underdog in 44 of their 48 games. In the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens are in 13th place.

On the road this season, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 15-8, and they have a puck line record of 29-19 overall. So far, Montreal has 15 losses by more than one goal compared to 13 one-goal losses.

Over their last ten games, the Canadiens have a puck line record of 6-4, and their average scoring margin on the road is at -0.7 goals per contest. As the underdog, Montreal has a puck line record of 29-15.

On average, Montreal’s games have finished with 6.4 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.4. In total, the Canadiens come in with an over/under record of 25-22-1.

Although Montreal has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.

For their offensive performance, the Canadiens come in averaging 2.7 goals per game this season, which is 28th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 28th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Canadiens offense is 17th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 14th in the NHL.

Montreal will be looking for a good game from Cole Caufield who leads the team in scoring with 17 goals, ranking 51st in the NHL. Caufield also comes into the game with 21 assists.

Pittsburgh defense takes on the Canadiens ranked 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.3 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, with 6 shutouts.

Goalie Jake Allen gets the start and has made 16 starts this season. His record at this point is 5-9, and his save percentage is 0.583%.

Will the Penguins Live Up to Expectations at Home?

Heading into today’s game, the Penguins are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, Pittsburgh is 21-17-7 and has 49 points. In their last ten games, the Penguins have gone 3-7 and have lost their last three games. At home, Pittsburgh is 11-8-3 this season.

When playing other Eastern Conference teams, the Penguins have gone 11-16 this season. As the favorite, Pittsburgh has gone 13-12-4 this year and has lost their last two games when favored. On the year, the Penguins have been favored in 29 of their 45 games.

At home this season, the Penguins have a puck line record of 11-11, and their average scoring margin per game is +.3 goals. So far, Pittsburgh has been favored in 29 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 11-18.

Overall, the Penguins have 15 wins by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin per game is +.2 goals. In their last ten games at home, Pittsburgh’s puck line record is 6-4, and their puck line record for the season is 22-23.

The average goal total for Pittsburgh’s games is sitting at 5.8. The average over/under line for the season is 6.4. The Penguins come in with an over/under record of 17-25-3.

Across the Canadiens last three road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 5. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.

On offense, the Penguins are averaging 3 goals per game which is 27th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 11th in the league. Pittsburgh’s offense comes into the game ranked 26th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 27th in the NHL.

Pittsburgh will be looking for a good game from Sidney Crosby who leads the team in scoring with 27 goals, ranking 8th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 22 assists so far.

Pittsburgh defense takes on the Canadiens ranked 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.3 shots per game against Pittsburgh. They also are 1st in shutouts, with 6 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry gets the start and has made 30 starts this season. His record at this point is 12-14, and his save percentage is 0.835%.