Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 12/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+153) Penguins (-170)
Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins (17-9-4, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) play the Montreal Canadiens (13-11-6, 5th in the Atlantic Division) at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. The line on this game has the Canadiens priced at +153 and the Penguins are at -170. The O/U is set at 6. The Canadiens cover 39.3% of the time, having gone 11-17 SU. Pittsburgh is covering 55.2% of the time, going 16-13 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 13 victories and 11 losses, ranking them 5th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 95 goals which is good for 7th in the East and 9th in the league. Their goal differential is -6, ranking them 21st in the league. The Canadiens have compiled a total of 32 pts, which is good for 20th in the league and 11th in the East. in respect to shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,057 which is good for 1st in the conference and 3rd in the league. As a unit, Montreal has compiled a total of 618 hits which has them averaging 20.6 per contest. They have compiled a total of 328 blocks for the year. The man in net for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 1,402 minutes protecting the goal for the season. Price is allowing an average of 3.04 GAA which has him sitting 17th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 38th in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he has given up 71 goals. He holds a save % of .902 which has him sitting 17th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2 - 1 win over the New York Rangers their last time out. The Canadiens offense left a lot to be desired in this victory. For this outing, they netted 2 of the 33 shots they put on net. Moreover, they had 1 power play chance but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. Montreal earned 4 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Canadiens sat at 46 and the Corsi against was 46 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 50.0%. Their Fenwick sat at 36 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 31, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.7%. They took 22 face-off wins at even strength and lost 15 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 48.0% and they had a PDO of 102.6 in this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the New York Rangers put up 30 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 2 penalty mins and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Penguins will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 17 wins and 9 losses. With reference to goal differential, they are currently sitting 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league with +21. They currently have a total of 102 goals for this year which has them sitting at 4th in the conference. Pittsburgh has a team save % of .908 which currently has them ranked 11th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.0% putting them at 7th in the Eastern Conference. In goal for Pittsburgh is Matt Murray who is having an ok year by allowing 2.85 GAA and that places him 12th among East goalies and 25th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,222 minutes he has been on the ice, he has given up 58 goals. He holds a save percentage of .897, which has him sitting 22nd among East goalies and 42nd in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced the Detroit Red Wings in a matchup where the Penguins earned a win by a score of 5 - 3. For this outing, Pittsburgh had a 50.0% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 32 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 32. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 58.0% with a Fenwick of 29 and the Red Wings having a 21 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Pittsburgh played and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO was 111.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 43.1%. The Penguins converted 5 goals of the 28 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game and netted 1 out of those opportunities. As for their opponent, the Red Wings had 3 power play attempts and ended up scoring 2 goals. Pittsburgh gave way to 28 shots on goal and the Red Wings racked up a total of 4 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Montreal (+153)
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