Six defeats in their last seven contests bring the Montreal Canadiens (7th in Atlantic Division) to a road matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins (5th in Metropolitan), who have triumphed in their most recent five fixtures in a row.
Habs Get Outdone In BuffaloThe Montreal Canadiens (5-15-2) were beaten for the sixth time on their past seven tries (1-5-1), dropping their second consecutive decision (0-2-0) following a 4-1 setback against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center last night. Josh Anderson (5 goals, 10 points this year) buried the only snipe for the Habs, who tied the game at 1-1 at 12:44 of the opening frame before the hosts buried two markers, including a shorty, in the following frame, adding their fourth of the night at the start of the final third. Montreal has now gone 1-9-1 on its travels this season, losing its most recent seven road games in a row (0-6-1).
Goalie Sam Montembeault (1-4-1 on the year with a 3.65 GAA and a .897 save percentage) made 35 saves yesterday, but will vacate the crease for Jake Allen ahead of tonight's clash in Pittsburgh. Allen has registered a 4-9-1 tally for the ongoing campaign with a 3.01 GAA and a .898 save percentage, and is 2-3-1 against the Penguins previously with a 3.62 GAA and a .877 save percentage. The Canadiens are scoring the 3rd lowest number of goals per game this season (2.18), while allowing the 2nd highest quantity defensively (3.64). They are 5th worst in power play (13.6%) and 4th from the bottom in penalty kill (68.7%).
Pens Extend Winning StreakThe current winning run of the Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-4) stretched out to five outings, as the team banked its fourth straight victory on the road after beating the New York Islanders with a count of 1-0 at UBS Arena yesterday. Kasperi Kapanen (5 goals, 12 points this year) buried the only strike of the contest in the second period, with the Pens failing to convert on their only power-play chance, but still outshooting the hosts 30-25, killing both of their penalties and recording their third shutout in their last five matchups. Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 16-2 during its current triumph streak.
Kapanen on Jarry: "He's just confident. You can tell. He's calm and he's poised in the net, and that gives us confidence. I feel as a group, ever since he's been playing well, we've been playing well, too. He's been a big key for our success." https://t.co/EnMuYD3VOu— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 27, 2021
Goalie Tristan Jarry (10-4-3 on the season with a 1.91 GAA and a .936 save percentage) made 25 saves last night for his third shutout of the year and 10th of his NHL career. Casey DeSmith (0-2-1 with a 4.72 GAA and a .856 save percentage), though, is expected to patrol the crease tonight, having amassed a 1-0-1 past record against the Montreal Canadiens with a 2.88 GAA and a .914 save percentage. The Penguins are netting the 15th highest amount of goals per game this season (2.90), while conceding the 5th lowest quantity on the defensive end (2.50). They are 3rd from the bottom in power play (11.9%) and top of the league in penalty kill (90.2%).
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Penguins have won by a margin of at least two snipes in four of their last five contests and are set to continue in similar fashion against the worst road team in the whole league at the moment. The Canadiens are a horrid 1-9-1 when skating away from home so far this year, losing by more than one marker in seven of those games. The Habs have also been beaten by at least two goals in eight of their most recent nine defeats to Pittsburgh, which has outscored its opponents 16-2 in its very last five outings overall.
Full-Game Total Pick
Seven of the previous nine meetings between the Penguins and the Canadiens have all finished below the set goal-mark, with their most recent four encounters in Pittsburgh all being decided within the realm of just five tallies, averaging no more than 4.75 snipes per game. When playing the closing fixture of a 3-games-in-4-days scenario, Montreal has also ended up on the low-scoring side on 12 of the past 17 occasions, while the very last four contests of the Pens have only averaged three markers per matchup.