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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens 08/07/2020 NHL Spread, Odds & Predictions

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens 08-07-2020 NHL Spread Odds & Predictions

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens 08/07/2020 – The Canadiens have the chance to complete an upset in Game 4. Montreal will go for the series clincher on Friday when they face the much-favored Pittsburgh for the fourth time in their qualifying series inside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The match is set at 4:00 PM Eastern Time and is available on streaming on NHL.TV and SofaScore with live TV broadcast on NBC. But despite Montreal earning the upper hand so far in the affair, the NHL Betting Picks still predict the Penguins to forge a deciding game five with a -179 price as favorites while the Canadiens are pegged at +144.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens 08/07/2020

When: Friday, August 7, 4:00 PM ET

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario

TV: NBCSN

Stream: NHL.TV

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens 08/07/2020 Betting Odds:

Team PUCKLINE TOTAL ML
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+164) 5.5 o (-104) -179
Montreal Canadiens +1.5 (-204) 5.5 u (-118) +144
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Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins blew a two-point edge in Game 3 as they failed to contain Montreal’s surge that placed them on the brink of elimination heading to Friday’s match. The Penguins – the runaway favorites before the start of the series – will need to reflect and rediscover their old form to deny the 12th-seeded Canadiens from dropping the upset axe that would officially end Pittsburgh’s campaign this season. Sidney Crosby needs to gather his troops and remind them that the series is far from over. Crosby and Bryan Rust will look to continue their stellar showing to drag the Penguins back to their fighting stance. 

Players to watch: S. Crosby C (G 2, A 1, PTS 3), B. Rust RW (G 1, A 2, PTS 3), J. Guentzel C (G 1, A 2, PTS 3)

Montreal Canadiens

It looks like the long break has done good things for the Canadiens. Entering the Eastern Conference bubble as the last-place team for the qualifying tournament, no one expected Montreal to play the way they’ve been playing against the heavily favored Penguins. But here they are, just a win away from earning a ticket to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The shocking display of grit has caught Pittsburgh off guard and that enabled them to build a 2-1 lead in the series. But while they got the advantage in the series score, the Canadiens will still have to be wary of the Penguins, who are expected to go all out with their season lives at stake. Montreal is aware that Pittsburgh boasts a handful of battle-tested veterans and that composure will not be a concern for the Penguins. Game 4 will surely be an intense showdown. 

Players to watch: S. Weber D (G 1, A 2, PTS 3), P. Byron C (G 1, A 2, PTS 3), J. Petry D (G 2, A 1, PTS 3).

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions

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Penguins

Penguins are 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games.
Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic.
Penguins are 16-7 in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 5-1 in Penguins last 6 playoff games as a favorite.
Over is 7-2-1 in Penguins last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.

Canadiens

Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan.
Montreal is 9-3 in their last 12 Friday games.
Canadiens are 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog.
Under is 11-2-3 in Canadiens’ last 16 playoff games as an underdog.
Under is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.

Penguins vs Canadiens Betting Picks

Strange as it may appear, but the loss in Game 3 is simply what the Penguins needed to be reminded of that they need to take each game seriously moving forward. The collapse will serve as a wake-up call for Pittsburgh and there’s no chance for Montreal to impede the looming bounce back. This series will be tied at two apiece after Game 4.

Score Prediction: Penguins 5, Canadiens 3.