The Habs are seeking to go 3-0 straight up against their Eastern Conference rivals this season.
Penguins vs Canadiens Betting Analysis
The Pens are coming off an overtime setback to the Sabres on Friday night in Buffalo. Pittsburgh is 1-2 on its current four-game road trip and 4-8 in its last 12 away contests. The club has allowed 27 goals in its last seven games and the Over is 6-1 during the stretch.
Pittsburgh is a bad moneyline wager this season for its supporters. A $100 bettor would be down nearly $600 if they backed the Pens in each of their games.
Playing the night after losing in overtime is tough for any NHL team, and Pittsburgh is no different. The Pens are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games playing the following night after an OT loss.
The Canadiens played as well on Friday night but with a much happier result. Montreal doubled up New York 4-2 at Madison Square Garden. The Habs return home after splitting their four-game road trip 2-2, but they’re coming in on a high offensively. Montreal has scored 12 goals in its last two games.
The Habs are 5-1 in their last six home games and the Under is 10-4-1 in the last 15 contests at the Bell Centre.
The Penguins’ struggles at the defensive end of the rink is somewhat predictable. The club is missing its top blueline pairing of Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin. Both players are out for Saturday’s clash with the Canadiens.
Pittsburgh tried to address their defensive problems at the trade deadline by picking up Erik Gudbranson from the Vancouver Canucks. The blueliner isn’t a favourite among NHL dataheads. Gudbranson is one of the worst rated defencemen according to Corsi over the last three years.
It was the bottom six forwards that were the story in the win over the Rangers on Friday night for the Habs. Joel Armia netted a hat trick including the empty-netter that sealed the win. Four of Armia’s 10 goals on the season have come in the last two games for the Habs.
Montreal backers would like to see more from Jonathan Drouin. The skilled playmaker picked up four helpers in the 8-1 win over the Red Wings but those are his only four points in his last nine games.