Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens - 8/7/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens - 8/7/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins (41-24-7) at Montreal Canadiens (33-32-9)

NHL Hockey: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Montreal Canadiens +139 / Pittsburgh Penguins -157 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Montreal Canadiens have a chance to close things out and advance to the next playoff series. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.67 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Jesperi Kotkaniemi leads Montreal with two goals, Paul Byron has two assists and Brendan Gallagher has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.67 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up seven goals on 111 shots faced.

The Pittsburgh Penguins need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Saturday. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 2.67 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Sidney Crosby leads Pittsburgh with two goals, Jake Guentzel has two assists and Evgeni Malkin has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.67 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up eight goals on 93 shots faced.

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The Penguins are 16-7 in their last 23 games playing on 1 days rest, 3-7 in their last 10 games as a favorite and 7-1 in their last 8 Friday games. The Canadiens are 9-3 in their last 12 Friday games, 3-7 in their last 10 games as an underdog and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Penguins last 8 overall. The over is 8-3 in Canadiens last 11 overall. The Penguins are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Montreal and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins had their chances to win game three and are going to like their chances as long they continue to outshoot the other team. The Montreal Canadiens have had issues stringing wins together lately and they haven't had terrific success in the underdog role. The Pittsburgh Penguins are an experienced bunch that's had their backs against the wall before and know how to come through in pressure situations. We should see a game five between these two teams.

Give me the Penguins and the somewhat reasonable price.

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -157

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