Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins 1/3/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 1/2/2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM ET
Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh
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On Saturday night, the Montreal Canadiens will be playing in their fifth road game in a row when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. These two teams are two of the best defensive squads in the NHL, but the Penguins have been the much better offensive team so far this season.
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In their November matchup, the Penguins were able to shut out the Canadiens 4-0 in Montreal. Pittsburgh's penalty kill was solid in that win, stopping all three of the Canadiens' chances with the extra man. Right wing Beau Bennett had his best game of the season in that one, notching one of the goals and providing two assists in the win.
Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty has seven goals and six assists in his 18 games against the Penguins, while star defenseman P.K. Subban has five points in his 15 games against them. Netminder Carey Price has a 9-10-2 record against Pittsburgh in his career with one shutout, a 3.08 GAA and a decent .903 save percentage.
In 30 games against the Canadiens in his career, Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has gone 17-9-3 with one shutout, an .896 save percentage and a 3.05 GAA. Superstar Sidney Crosby has accumulated 36 points in just 26 games against Montreal, while fellow center Evgeni Malkin has 12 goals, 22 assists and a plus/minus of +10 against them in 26 career games.
Montreal Canadiens Betting Trends
Montreal Canadiens are 24-13-0 Against the Spread
Montreal Canadiens are 11-20-0 against the Over/Under
Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Penguins are 23-14-0 Against the Spread
Pittsburgh Penguins are 15-19-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/12/14 D Mike Weaver Concussion out indefinitely
12/28/14 RW Patric Hornqvist Foot expected to miss 2-3 weeks
12/27/14 D Olli Maatta Shoulder out another 4 weeks
12/23/14 LW Blake Comeau Wrist expected to miss 1-2 weeks
12/22/14 GO Thomas Greiss Virus out indefinitely
12/20/14 D Paul Martin Undisclosed out indefinitely
12/03/14 C Scott Wilson Leg expected to miss 2-3 weeks
11/18/14 RW Pascal Dupuis Blood Clot out for season
01/02/15 RW Steve Downie Virus is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Tampa Bay
Tony's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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