BetNow Online Sportsbook

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 08/03/2020 NHL Previews, Game Analysis and Picks

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 08-03-2020 NHL Previews Game Analysis and Picks

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 08/03/2020 – The Montreal Canadiens have proven that they deserve another shot to enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs despite being the 12th-seeded team in the Eastern Conference after they pulled off an upset against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the best-of-five qualifying series. Game 2 will be the test to show that the first game was no fluke. The match will be set on Monday still at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto at 08:00 PM Eastern Time and will be aired on NBC. It will also be available on streaming at NHL.TV and SofaScore. The higher-seeded Penguins are projected to bounce back with a -170 money line price to win according to the latest NHL Odds. The Canadiens, on the other hand, are priced at +150.  

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 08/03/2020

When: Monday, August 3, 08:00 PM EST

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario

TV: NBC

Stream: NHL.TV

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 08/03/2020 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
Montreal Canadiens +1.5 (-200) 5.5 o (+100) +140
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+161)  5.5 u (-123) -160
Bet Now on this Game

Montreal Canadiens

Montreal Canadiens have gained the much-needed confidence boost when they pulled the rug from under the higher-seeded Penguins in Game 1. As they look to make it two in a row,  Montreal will be taking the more cautious approach as the team tries to avoid getting the raw end of being too high from the last win. But while they are wary of complacency, the Canadiens are hoping to get the favor of the history that shows an 81.9 percent success rate from teams that take the first game in a best-of-five series. 

Players to watch: Tomas Tatar (GP 68, G 22, A 39, PTS 61), Phillip Danault (GP 71, G 13, A 34, PTS 47), Brendan Gallagher (GP 59, G 22, A 21, PTS 43).

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins are raring to exact revenge on the Canadiens after the 3-2 Game 1 loss placed them in a relatively tough situation to qualify for the next round. Comeback jitter might have played a role in the shocking loss, but as they recover their bearings for Game 2, the Penguins vow to take the Canadiens more seriously this time. Pittsburgh also has the advantage of having several weapons with legitimate championship experience. The squad will surely maximize every advantage present as they look to put the series back to square one.

Players to watch: Sidney Crosby (GP 41, G 16, A 31, PTS 47), Bryan Rust (GP 55, G 27, A 29, PTS 56), Evgeni Malkin (GP 55, G 25, A 49, PTS 74)

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

Trends

Canadiens

Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan.
Canadiens are 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog.
Canadiens are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 3-0-1 in Canadiens last 4 Monday games.
Under is 11-2-3 in Canadiens’ last 16 playoff games as an underdog.

Penguins

Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games.
Pittsburgh is 15-6 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest.
Penguins are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic.
Under is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 playoff games as a favorite.
Over is 6-1-1 in Penguins last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.

Canadiens vs Penguins Betting Picks

One upset is enough. The Pittsburgh Penguins will bounce back big time in Game 2 to put the series down to a virtual best-of-three. Expect the veterans to come out in serious business to take the fight away from the Canadiens. This will be an easy win for the higher-seeded Penguins.

Score Prediction: Canadiens 2, Penguins 5.