The Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1) will be looking to show that last week’s 5-1 win away to the Pittsburgh Penguins was no one-off as they face the same opposition (1-0-1) at the Bell Centre on Saturday evening.
Last week’s encounter saw Paul Byron score twice for the Habs, while Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia and Charles Hudon also lit the lamp. Artturi Lehtonen and Jeff Petry posted two assists each, while goaltender Carey Price registered 21 saves.
For the Penguins, Riley Sheahan scored in the second period, but goaltender Matt Murray allowed five goals on 29 shots.
Both teams were also in action on the Thursday evening prior to this Saturday’s clash (results unknown at time of writing), with the Canadiens on home-ice against the Los Angeles Kings and the Penguins also at home to the Vegas Golden Knights.
Saturday’s game will be the first road trip of the season for the Penguins who, prior to Thursday’s encounter with the Golden Knights, were averaging four goals per game and were scoring on 22.2% of their power play opportunities.
Defensively the Penguins have work to do. Prior to Thursday’s game against the Golden Knights, they had allowed 5.5 goals per game and were killing 100% of their opponents’ power plays. Meanwhile Murray had given up 11 goals on 65 shots faced. In addition, the Penguins have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
NHL predictions counted for little when these teams met at the PPG Paints Arena a week ago as the Habs upset the betting odds. The Penguins will be out to avenge that loss and given their qualities in the offense, they are the tips to succeed in that quest on this occasion.
Pick: Money Line – Pittsburgh Penguins