Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins - 8/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins - 8/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (32-31-9) at Pittsburgh Penguins (40-23-7)

NHL Hockey: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -160 / Montreal Canadiens +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Monday in game two of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens look to take a 2-0 series lead after an overtime win in game one. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Jeff Petry leads Montreal with one goal, Paul Byron has one assist and Brendan Gallagher has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing two goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up two goals on 41 shots faced.

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a victory here to even up the series heading into game three on Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with one goal, Patric Hornqvist has one assist and Evgeni Malkin has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing three goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up three goals on 35 shots faced.

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The Canadiens are 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The Penguins are 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games, 15-6 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. The over is 8-3 in Canadiens last 11 overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Penguins last 6 overall. The Canadiens are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

Each of the last 10 meetings between the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins have produced no less than five goals. Game one between these clubs produced a combined 76 shots on goal, so we could have easily seen more goals scored in the series opener if it weren't for impressive goaltending. I expect the Penguins to finish more of their shots this time around. I'll take the over in game two of this series.

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