It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the ice in the Steel City. The Montreal Canadiens are on the road as they travel to face the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night. Montreal comes in off a 2-1 win on the road over the Rangers Friday night in their previous contest. Pittsburgh dropped Detroit 5-3 on the road in their last contest Saturday night. The Penguins have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams, including a 5-1 road victory in the most recent matchup on March 2, 2019.
Montreal Canadiens Try for Back to Back WinsMontreal won for just the second time in their last 12 games as they pulled out a road win late over the Rangers in their last contest. The Canadiens went into Monday night tied for fourth place in the Atlantic Division, two points behind the Sabres for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 14 points behind division-leading Boston. Montreal is tied for 11th in the league in scoring as they put up 3.17 goals a night so far this year. The Canadiens are 28th in the league by giving up 3.37 goals per contest this season. Montreal is 16th in the league on the power play by converting 19 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Canadiens are only 28th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully get through 75.6 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.
In what was a low-scoring affair, the Canadiens needed a goal in the final 90 seconds to earn the win over the Rangers. The first period saw Montreal with an 11-8 edge in shots and took a 1-0 advantage to the dressing room after 20 minutes. Brendan Gallagher scored his 13th goal of the year at 10:37 off assists from Phillip Danault and Tomas Tatar to open the scoring. In the second period, the Canadiens were outshot 14-11 and gave up the only goal to leave the game tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. The third period saw Montreal with an 11-8 edge in shots and the lone goal of the period to earn the victory. Nate Thompson tallied his second of the year at 18:53 off assists from Nick Cousins and Nick Suzuki to break the tie and give Montreal the win. Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who held a 33-30 edge in shots in the game.
Pittsburgh Penguins Seek Fourth Straight VictoryPittsburgh allowed the opposition to score after back to back shutouts but picked up their third win of the season by downing the Red Wings Saturday night. The Penguins headed into Monday fourth in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the Flyers for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 13 back of division-leading Washington. Pittsburgh is 6th in the league in goals for as they average 3.40 goals per game on the year. The Penguins are tied for 7th in the league in goals against as they allow 2.70 goals per contest. Pittsburgh is 23rd in the league in power play success this season as they have converted 16.1 percent of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Penguins are 13th in penalty killing as they are successful in 81.9 percent of their shorthanded situations. They have five shorthanded goals on the year.
In their last game, the Penguins got their offense going to make up for giving up a few goals to take down Detroit. The first period saw Pittsburgh with a 12-7 edge in shots and a 2-0 advantage on the scoreboard after 20 minutes. Jake Guentzel opened the scoring with his 16th of the year at 5:37 off assists from Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin. Chad Ruhwedel doubled the Penguins’ lead with his first of the year at 17:24 off assists from Malkin and Guentzel. The Penguins were outshot 13-9 in the second period with both teams scoring once to hold a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. After Detroit made it a 2-1 game, Malkin scored his eighth of the year at 10:42 off assists from Guentzel and Ruhwedel to reestablish their two-goal lead. The final period saw the Penguins outshot 8-7 with both teams scoring twice. Dominik Kahun gave Pittsburgh a 4-1 lead with his eighth of the year off assists from John Marino and Marcus Pettersson at 1:38 of the period. Detroit scored twice to make it a 4-3 game before Marino iced the game with his third of the year, on the power play, at 19:51 into an empty net. Letang and Brandon Tanev drew the assists on the goal. Matt Murray made 25 saves for the Penguins in the win. Both teams finished with 28 shots on goal in the contest.
The top trends for this contest according to Oddsshark.com:
- Canadiens are 2-8 in their last 10 against Eastern Conference teams
- Canadiens are 2-6 in their last eight vs. Penguins
- Penguins are 5-0 in their last five at home
- Penguins are 6-2 in their last eight overall