Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/1/2020
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+166) Penguins (-208)
Scotiabank Arena is the venue where Tristan Jarry and the Pittsburgh Penguins (40-23-6, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) will play the Montreal Canadiens (31-31-9, 5th in the Atlantic Division) on Saturday. The Penguins open this game at -208 while the Canadiens are priced at +166. The total is set at 6.5. The Canadiens cover 40.3% of the time, having gone 27-40 SU. The Penguins cover 56.1% of the time, going 37-29 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens head into this game holding a record of 31 wins and 31 defeats, putting them at 5th in the Atlantic Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 208 goals which has them sitting at 10th in the East and 18th in the league. Their goal differential is -12, putting them at 24th in the league. The Canadiens currently have a total of 71 points, which has them sitting at 24th in the league and 12th in the East. in respect to shots on goal, they currently have a total of 2,422 which has them sitting at 1st in the East and 2nd in the league. As a group, Montreal has racked up a total of 1,762 hits which means they have an average of 24.8 per contest. They currently have a total of 797 blocks for this season. Protecting the goal for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has played 3,440 minutes protecting the goal for the campaign. Price is conceding an average of 2.79 goals per game which puts him at 17th in the East and 34th in the NHL among goaltenders. So far this year, he's surrendered 160 goals. He's earned a save % of .909 which puts him at 18th in the East.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the losing side of the ice with a 4 - 2 defeat to the Nashville Predators in their previous contest. The Canadiens had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. In their game, they netted 2 of the 34 shots they looked to score on. In addition, they had 2 power play chances but weren't able to net one. Montreal earned 8 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Canadiens was 62 and the Corsi against was 41 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 60.2%. Their Fenwick sat at 37 while the Fenwick against was 37, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 50.0%. They earned 18 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 26 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 56.8% and they had a PDO of 97.3 in this one. Regarding their opponent, the Nashville Predators tallied 36 shots. They finished with a total of 4 penalty mins and they tallied 4 power play chances.
The Penguins will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 40 wins and 23 losses. Regarding goal differential, they are ranked 4th in the conference and 6th in the NHL with +25. They have compiled a total of 221 goals for the season which ranks them 8th in the conference. Pittsburgh has a team save percentage of .904 which has them 15th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 10.0% putting them at 8th in the conference. In net for Pittsburgh is Tristan Jarry who is having an average season by surrendering 2.43 goals against average and that ranks him 6th in the East and 10th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,926 minutes he has been on the ice, he has surrendered 78 goals. He has a save % of .921, which has him ranking 5th in the East and 10th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the New Jersey Devils in an outing where the Penguins ended up with the win by a tally of 5 - 2. While out there on the ice, Pittsburgh earned a 62.3% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 48 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 29. Their Fenwick percentage was 53.4% by earning a Fenwick of 31 and the Devils earning a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Pittsburgh played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO of 113.7 and their percentage of oZS was 50.0%. The Penguins scored 5 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this game but were not able to net one. Concerning the opposition, the Devils had 3 power play opportunities and were able to tally 1 goal. Pittsburgh gave way to 22 shots on goal and the Devils ended up with a total of 8 minutes in the box.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (-208) and under the total goals
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