Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/14/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens - 2/14/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (27-25-7) at Pittsburgh Penguins (34-15-6)

NHL Hockey: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Pittsburgh Penguins -190 / Montreal Canadiens +171 --- Over/Under: 6

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The Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins meet Friday in NHL action at the PPG Paints Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens need a win after splitting their last six games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal with 20 goals, Max Domi has 23 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 128 goals on 1,466 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 24 goals on 192 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in four of their last six games.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins need a win after splitting their last six games. The Pittsburgh Penguins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Bryan Rust leads Pittsburgh with 22 goals, Evgeni Malkin has 40 assists and Kris Letang has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the Pittsburgh Penguins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponents power plays. Matt Murray has given up 83 goals on 848 shots faced and Tristan Jarry has allowed 57 goals on 798 shots. The Pittsburgh Penguins have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.

The Canadiens are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Penguins are 6-0 in their last 6 Friday games, 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 20-8 in their last 28 overall. The under is 15-5-1 in Canadiens last 21 overall. The under is 5-2 in Penguins last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Canadiens are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings. The underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Montreal Canadiens, and they continue to play some of their best hockey over the last month or so. The Canadiens continue to be hit or miss, and that defense can be hard to trust against some of the better teams in the league. The winner in seven of the last nine meetings between the Canadiens and Penguins has won by two or more goals. Give me the Penguins and the PL for added value.

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Randy’s Pick Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

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