Looking to win big? The Canadiens and Penguins face off at 7:00 ET on SN PT. The Penguins are hosting the game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. 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 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 Thursday, February 22nd.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Canadiens winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Canadiens on the moneyline (+176)
  • The Canadiens are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Are Montreal Ready for a Road Win?

Heading into the game, Montreal is 14th in the Eastern Conference with 52 points and an overall record of 22-26-8. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 12-19 and 4-12 against teams in the Atlantic Division. Over their last ten games, the Canadiens have gone just 3-7 and have lost three straight games.

On the road this season, Montreal is 11-10-5 and has gone 18-25-8 as the underdog. Over their last five games, the Canadiens have gone 1-4 and are 0-3 in their last three games. As the underdog, Montreal has lost five straight games.

Montreal enters this game with a puck line record of 35-21 and a road puck line record of 17-9. On the year, the Canadiens have an average scoring margin of -0.8 goals per game and have won seven of their last ten games vs. the puck line.

So far this season, Montreal has been the underdog in all but five games and has a puck line record of 34-17 as the underdog. In their last three games, the Canadiens have gone 2-1 vs. the puck line and 2-3 in their last five road games.

This season, Montreal’s games have an average of 6.4 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.3. The Canadiens come in with an over/under performance of 29-26-1.

Montreal has a 1-2 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 4. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

The Canadiens come into the game scoring an average of 2.8 goals per game, putting them 26th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 27th in the league. Montreal’s offense is currently ranked 18th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 16th in the league.

Montreal’s current leading scorer is Nick Suzuki. This season, he has 20 goals, which puts him 44th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Suzuki has 33 assists this season.

The Penguins defense is currently 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 7 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Jake Allen has started 19 games in this season. His current record is 5-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.613%.

Will the Penguins Win at Home?

At home this season, the Penguins have gone 13-11-4, and they have dropped three straight games on their home ice. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is currently in 12th place and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the year, the Penguins have gone 24-22-8.

Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone just 3-7, and they have lost two straight games as the favorite. Against other Eastern Conference teams, Pittsburgh is 12-18 for the year. In their last five games, the Penguins have gone just 1-4.

At home this season, the Penguins have an average scoring margin of +.2 goals per game, and their puck line record at home is 12-15. Overall, Pittsburgh’s puck line record is 25-28, and their puck line losing streak is at two games.

In their last ten home games, the Penguins have gone just 3-7 against the puck line. So far, they have been the favorite in 35 of their games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 13-22. In their 42 games against Eastern Conference opponents, the Penguins have 17 wins by multiple goals.

Games involving Pittsburgh have an average of 5.6 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Penguins come in with a record of 19-31-3.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Montreal has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Penguins are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 27th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 10th in the league. The Penguins went 16-14 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 7-8.

Pittsburgh will be looking for a good game from Sidney Crosby who leads the team in scoring with 31 goals, ranking 9th in the NHL. Crosby also comes into the game with 24 assists.

Defensively, the Penguins come into the season ranked 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.1 shots per game against Pittsburgh. For the season, they are ranked 1st in shutouts, coming in with 7 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry comes into the game having made 35 starts this season. So far, his record is 14-17 and he has a save percentage of 0.821%.