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NHL betting preview of Thursday's Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens matchup

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens Online Hockey Betting Preview

Posted by: Mike Davis

Tonight’s Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens matchup is offering some intriguing online hockey betting odds. The Penguins are focused on surpassing the Washington Capitals at the top of the Metropolitan Division. The Canadiens, on the other hand, are looking forward to the start of next year’s season. Let’s look at what the odds are predicting before going over some parlay betting tips.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens – Thurs., March 15th

When: 7:30 pm ET

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

TV: NBC

Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV

Online Hockey Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Penguins -1½ (+160) 6 (-110) -175
Canadiens +1½ (-185) 6 (-110) +155
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Pittsburgh Penguins

Team Captain Sidney Crosby leads the Penguins on the road this evening. Since the Guins are 1-2 in their last 3, it’s safe to say that Pittsburgh will be vying for a rebound. Overall, the Penguins enter this Thursday night pairing with a 40-26-5 record. This yields the club 85-points on the season, which ties them with the Caps for the lead in the division. All in all, things are pretty tight at the top of the Metropolitan. In fact, the top-5 teams are all within 6-points of each other. Having said that, it’s clear that the Penguins need to set themselves apart. A win over the Canadiens this Thursday would certainly help. Luckily for Pittsburgh, that’s exactly what the evening’s online hockey betting odds are predicting. The Penguins enter this matchup with the league’s 6th best scoring offense but 20th worst defense. Nevertheless, that offense should be enough to get the job done this evening.

Players to Watch: Evgeni Malkin (39 G, 48 A, 87 PTS), Phil Kessel (28 G, 50 A, 78 PTS), Sidney Crosby (23 G, 53 A, 78 PTS).

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens recently snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars. And while that victory raised the team’s spirits, judging by whom they’re facing this evening, it’s safe to say the Canadiens will be returning to their losing ways. Interestingly enough, this matchup will mark the first time these two clubs have met each other. However, tonight’s turnout will set the precedent since these two are scheduled to meet two more times in March. Considering that the Canadiens come in with the NHL’s 29th worst scoring offense and 22nd worst defense, it’s safe to say they’ll come out on the losing end this Thursday.

Players to Watch: Brendan Gallagher (26 G, 17 A, 43 PTS), Alex Galchenyuk (16 G, 26 A, 42 PTS), and Max Pacioretty (17 G, 20 A, 42 PTS).

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Pittsburgh is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 Games
  • Pittsburgh is 15-7 SU in its last 22 Games
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 Games
  • Montreal is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 Games
  • Montreal is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal’s last 7 Home Games
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens Picks

So which way should sportsbook players bet in this evening’s Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens matchup? Judging by each teams’ stats, it’s safe to say that Pittsburgh will be coming out on top this evening. Luckily for NHL bettors, the odds out on the Penguins aren’t steep whatsoever. This makes this prediction one of the best to make this Thursday, since it’s pretty clear Pittsburgh will be coming out on top. Sign up now to make this eye-catching bet today!

Score Prediction: 4-3 Pittsburgh. The Penguins pick up the road win and maintain their lead at the top of the division. Montreal will cover the spread and the TOTAL will be OVER this evening.

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