Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 17, 2021

The banged up Canadiens will look to put a winless road trip behind them when they return to Montreal to host the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night.

Pittsburgh
46-25-4-7
AT
November 18, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
22-49-9-2
Puckline -1.5 +165
Moneyline -154
Over / Under o +5.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

Puckline +1.5 -198
Moneyline +128
Over / Under u +5.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

The struggling and injury-ravaged Montreal Canadiens return home Thursday for the first time in a week when they host Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh opened as -130 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5 goals.

Penguins vs. Canadiens NHL Betting Odds

Monday is the first of three meetings this year between the teams and all of them come over the next few weeks. This is the only chance for Montreal fans to see Sidney Crosby in person, however, as the final two are in Pittsburgh. In 40 career games against the Habs, Crosby has 19 goals and 33 assists.

The Canadian superstar has been limited to just three games thus far as he started the season late due to off-season surgery and then landed on the COVID list. Crosby has one assist and is minus-6. His fellow future Hall of Fame teammate Evgeni Malkin has yet to play this year following off-season knee surgery and isn’t close to a return.

There was some interesting Penguins news this week: The team is about to be sold to Fenway Sports Group LLC, which owns the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park and English Premier League side Liverpool (among a few other sports-related assets). Penguins legend Mario Lemieux would remain a minority owner. Lemieux Group LP has owned the team since purchasing the franchise out of bankruptcy in 1999.

Pittsburgh and Montreal didn’t play last season. The underdog is 8-2 in the past 10 meetings and the under is also 8-2 in those.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh dropped its third in a row Tuesday, upset 2-1 at home by Buffalo as Sabres. Buffalo backup goaltender Dustin Tokarski had maybe the game of his career in stopping 45 shots. Nineteen of Tokarski’s saves came in the third period, when Buffalo was outshot 20-3. Jake Guentzel had the lone Pens goal, his fifth of the season. That came on the power play, ending Pittsburgh’s 0-for-28 streak with the main advantage. Tristan Jarry surrendered two goals on 19 shots and is 5-4-3 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. He should play Thursday. Despite having just recently cleared COVID protocols, Crosby and Brian Dumoulin will be able to play Thursday, even with the strict Canadian protocols. However, Coach Mike Sullivan will not be behind the bench because of them. Pittsburgh is 0-4 in its past four road games.

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal remains without about half its lineup due to injury and other issues and lost a third in a row Tuesday, 3-2 at the Rangers. That loss completed a winless road trip in which the Habs scored exactly two goals in each game. Because Jake Allen is out injured and Sam Montembeault started the previous two games in net, Cayden Primeau got his first start of the year Tuesday and the 22-year-old allowed three goals on 34 shots. It appears Allen won’t be back until at least Saturday so it either will be Primeau or Montembeault (0-3-1, 3.77 GAA, .890 SV) on Thursday. Montreal did get one injured player back Tuesday in Jonathan Drouin. He didn’t have a point and was plus-1 with four shots in 19:37 of ice time. Montreal is 0-4 in its past four vs. the Eastern Conference.

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