Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Penguins vs. Canadiens NHL Odds
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(40-29-6) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens (31-40-9)
Date: Friday, August 7
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Penguins -155 Canadiens +105
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will take the ice against the Montreal Canadiens Friday in game four of the Eastern Conference Qualifying Round.
The Canadiens are currently leading the series two games to one following a four to three win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Matt Murray is projected to be in the net for the Penguins in this one. Murray has put together a record of 20-11-5 on the season to go along with a 2.87 GAA and a .899 save percentage.
Pittsburgh has been able to fire off an average of 31.9 shots per game this season, good for an average of 3.20 goals a night. They have been able to hold their opponents to just 2.84 goals a game and have an 82.1 penalty kill percentage.
Skating strong on the defensive end of the ice will be key to evening the series up on Friday.
Carey Price is projected to be between the pipes for Montreal on Friday. Price has a 27-25-6 record, 2.79 GAA, and a .909 save percentage.
The Canadiens have been able to put the puck in the back of the net for an average of 2.93 goals per game this year while allowing their opponents to light up the lantern for an average of 3.10. Montreal has struggled at times on the power play with a 17.7 conversion rate while putting together a 78.7 penalty kill percentage.
Putting at least three pucks in the net will be huge in wrapping the series up on Friday.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Under is 5-1 in Penguins last 6 playoff games as a favorite.
- Under is 10-4 in Islanders last 14 overall.
- Under is 20-9-3 in Penguins last 32 vs. Atlantic.
- Under is 11-5-2 in Penguins last 18 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Under is 11-2-3 in Canadiens last 16 playoff games as an underdog.
- Under is 4-1 in Canadiens last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Free Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL Prediction:
Both of these teams can play great defense when they have to. I think that will be the feeling both have going into this one. The Canadiens would like to wrap this thing up and start preparing for the next round.
Pittsburgh has to win if they want to continue their season. I am not sure who will come out on top, but I think solid defense will be the key for whoever wins. My money is on the total staying under five and a half.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5
**NOTE** – The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 in Florida and Toronto. The top four teams in both conferences will play a 3-game round robin for seeding in the First Round. The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will be best-of-5 series with the losing teams being entered into Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery.
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