Penguins vs Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks 12/13/23

Montreal Canadiens (12-13-3) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (11-12-3)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens +130 / Pittsburgh Penguins -161 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens face off on Wednesday in an NHL showdown at Centre Bell. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Penguins vs Canadiens prediction.

Penguins Look for Second Win in Two Days

The Penguins faced off against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday and they scored four goals on the way to the victory. Jeff Carter and Jake Guentzel both scored two goals. The Penguins on the season are averaging 2.93 goals while their defense is giving up 2.59 goals per game. The offense is ranked 23rd in the league while the defense is ranked 5th in the league. The top player this season for the Penguins has been Jake Guentzel and he has scored 12 goals and added 19 assists.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Player Prop Facts

  • Evgeni Malkin has scored at least one goal in each of the Penguins' last three games against the Canadiens.
  • Evgeni Malkin has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven appearances at Bell Centre.
  • Lars Eller has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four appearances at Bell Centre.
  • Sidney Crosby has the equal-most Power Play Goals for the Penguins this season (2).

Canadiens Look for the Offense to Get Going

The Canadiens last game came on Sunday against the Nashville Predators and they scored only one goal, and that led to the defeat. The Canadiens offense has been a problem all season and they are averaging 2.61 goals while their defense is giving up 3.39 goals per game. The offense is ranked 27th in the league and that just isn’t good enough in this league. Nick Suzuki has scored eight goals and added 14 assists. The offense is ranked 27th while the defense is ranked 25th. Both Pittsburgh and Montreal have 27 points and are tied with the Buffalo Sabres in the Eastern Conference.

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Kirby Dach has recorded at least one point in each of his last six appearances with the Canadiens as home underdogs.
  • Jake Evans has recorded an assist in each of the Canadiens' last four games as home underdogs against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Kirby Dach has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances with the Canadiens as home underdogs against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Nick Suzuki ranks T1st in the league for shootout goals (3) this season.

Penguins vs Canadiens Betting Prediction

I really don’t trust either of these offenses, and that is going to lead to this game being lower scoring. The Penguins are averaging 2.93 goals while the Canadiens are averaging 2.61 goals per game. The Penguins defense has also stepped up and they are going to make life tough on the Canadiens here. Look for both teams to really struggle to score here and this game is going to stay under the total.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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