Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens prediction
I think value with the Habs and here is why.
The Pens are not playing well this month. They won 3 of their 5 games this month but they were pretty lucky as they recorded a 39.02 CF% ( dead last ), 39.45 FF% ( dead last ), 41.10 xGF% ( 30th ), 41.43 SCF% ( second worst ), 37.93 HDFC% ( 30th ). True, they did not play much this month but it is still average for them when you compare it with other similair sample sizes from them before.
Jarry is expexted in net. Great goalie with a 19.41 GSAA. However, he is 0-1 against the Habs this season with a 3.01 GAA.
The Habs on the other side are playing hard as well. They are amongst the teams with the most hits and that is no suprise with Coach Julien ( former Bruins coach ).
In fact, the Habs are defending really strong since NewYear. During this span, they recorded on the road a 113 SCA ( 2nd best ), 45 HDCA ( 3rd best ), 1.04 xGA ( 4th best ).
But the Canadiens are this season playing great on the road anyway on the offensive side with a big 5.18 xGF ( 6th ), 1335 CF ( 6th ).
So the Bruins lost with 4-1 in Boston so they were smashed right? Not really since the Habs were the most dangerous team from the start. They created 20 scoring chances against that terrific Bruins 'D ( just 18 SCF Boston ).
Price is expected in net, great goalie with a 15.08 GSAA. He is 1-0-1 against the Pens this season with a 1.97 GAA / 0.94 Sv%.
-Underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Hence backing the Habs as a road dog for + money.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens betting tips
Montreal Canadiens ML (Stake: 8)Odds: 2.65 at Bet365
Result: 4-1 LOST (-8 units)
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