Montreal went down to a fourth straight defeat as they lost 2-1 on home-ice to the in-form Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. It was the Canadiens first home game after seven consecutive games on the road.
Jeff Petry scored for the Canadiens, with Carey Price making 21 saves.
The Habs are averaging 3.17 Goals per Game (GPG), while they are allowing 3.17 (GA). Tomas Tatar has 16 goals and 35 points for the Canadiens, while Phillip Danault has recorded 20 assists. They are 8-9-3 on home-ice.
Pittsburgh’s three-game winning streak came to an end as they went down to a 3-2 OT loss on home-ice to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. It was only the Penguins second loss in nine games.
Patric Hornqvist scored both goals for Pittsburgh, while Tristan Jarry made 28 saves.
The Penguins are averaging 3.40 GPG, while they are allowing 2.68 (GA). Jake Guentzel has 20 goals and 43 points for the Penguins, while Evgeni Malkin has registered 27 assists. They are 8-7-2 on the road.
Montreal Canadiens vs Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Lines & Pick
The Canadiens won the first meeting between these teams this season 4-1 on December 10, but with Brendan Gallagher ruled out indefinitely with concussion for Montreal, they currently lack firepower. On that basis, coupled with current form, the Pittsburgh Penguins are the tips in predictions for this game.