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Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/14/2020 Game Analysis, Odds and Predictions

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Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02-14-2020 Game Analysis Odds and Predictions

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/14/2020 – The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to summon their relentlessness after the multiple failed attempts to trip the Washington Capitals from reigning supreme in the Metropolitan Division. No thanks to their arduous schedule that had them face several contenders who averted their progress to the top. But as they continue their four-game homestand, the Penguins will try to stamp their class right from the get-go when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Friday. Pittsburgh got the shorter price to win as favorites at home based on the NHL Odds, being offered at -200. The Canadiens will seek to buck a +170 underdog price.

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/14/2020

When: Friday, February 14, 07:00 PM ET

Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: AT&T Sportsnet-Pittsburgh

Stream: SofaScore

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins 02/14/2020 Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Montreal Canadiens +1.5 (-145) 5.5 o (-120) +170
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+125) 5.5 u (+100) -200
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Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens served the Penguins a taste of their vicious force when they last met on Dec. 10, winning via a 4-1 resounding finish. It is not indicative of how things are actually running overall, though. While the Penguins are in a tight race for a division summit, the Canadiens are exhausting all possible means just to stay alive in the competition. Just when they finally got their rhythm running by winning nine of a prior 12-game stretch, Montreal hit a stumbling block, dropping their next two since to fall to eight points removed from a wildcard spot.

Players to watch: Tomas Tatar (GP 59, G 20, A 32, PTS 52), Phillip Danault (GP 59, G 12, A 28, PTS 40), Brendan Gallagher (GP 49, G 19, A 18, PTS 37).

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jason Zucker made his Pittsburgh debut Tuesday night after being acquired from Minnesota just the day before. But the forward was far from satisfied with his performance, admitting that he was not able to handle the puck well for most of the game. He can’t be blamed on being too hard on himself, though, as the Penguins dropped their second game in the last six after a streaking Tampa Bay pulled off a 2-1 gut puncher in OT Tuesday. After a rough start with the team, Sidney Crosby preaches patience on Zucker who is still getting along with a fresh system along a fresh group of guys.

Players to watch: Sidney Crosby (GP 27, G 10, A 21, PTS 31), Bryan Rust (GP 41, G 22, A 23, PTS 45), Evgeni Malkin (GP 42, G 18, A 40, PTS 58)

Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Predictions

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Canadiens

Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games.
Montreal is 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
Canadiens are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 3-0-1 in Canadiens last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
Under is 5-1-1 in Montreal’s last 7 games as an underdog.
Under is 13-3 in Canadiens last 16 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Penguins

Penguins are 11-0 in their last 11 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Pittsburgh is 6-0 in their last 6 Friday games.
Penguins are 14-6 in their last 20 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Under is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Under is 5-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.
Over is 4-1 in Penguins last 5 Friday games.

Canadiens vs Penguins Betting Picks

The Penguins will gain a measure of vengeance after the embarrassing loss they suffered at the hands of the Canadiens last December. Pittsburgh No. 1 will be better than how it was last Tuesday at Zucker and Crosby try to gang up with better cohesion to lead the Penguins in blasting off their visitors. 

Score Prediction: Canadiens 1, Penguins 3