A couple of consecutive defeats take the Montreal Canadiens (5th in Atlantic Division) to a road clash against the Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd in Metropolitan), who have been defeated twice on the last three occasions…
Habs Lose Second In RowThe current losing skid of the Montreal Canadiens (27-25-7) stretched out to two contests (0-2-0) after the team followed up Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes with a 4-1 fiasco against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday. Nick Suzuki (12 goals, 36 points this year) scored the only strike of the Habs, who snapped a four-game winning run on the road. The team has registered five defeats in its last 14 fixtures (9-5-0) after going with eight straight losses previously (0-7-1). Montreal is 14-10-3 when playing away from home this season.
Who was the last Hab to rack up 35+ points in his rookie season?#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 14, 2020
Goalie Carey Price turned away 34 shots in Boston, taking his current performance status to 24-20-4 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.71 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has picked up a 13-13-5 previous total against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2.95 GAA and a .907 save percentage. The Canadiens, meanwhile, are netting the 15th lowest quantity of goals per game (2.98), while conceding the 14th lowest amount defensively (3.03). They are 22nd in power play (18.5%) and 18th in penalty kill (79.3%).
Pens Get Edged By TampaThe current four-game homestand of the Pittsburgh Penguins (34-15-6) started with a defeat, as the team dropped a 2-1 overtime decision against the Tampa Bay Lightning at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. Evgeni Malkin (18 goals, 58 points this year) opened the scoring midway through the first period during power play before the Bolts tied the proceedings with a man-advantage snipe of their own, eventually banking the win with 2:15 left in the extra session. The Pens have lost two of their past three contests (1-1-1) and have picked up a 19-5-4 total on home ice so far this season.
Kahun on rejoining the team for practice in a non-contact jersey: "That's always nice to be with the guys again. I'm still taking my time. I want to be 100% before I play again. I think pretty soon I'm going to be ready to play."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 13, 2020
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Goalie Matt Murray made 36 saves versus Tampa Bay and has now gone 16-7-5 for the current campaign with a 2.82 GAA and a .902 save percentage. He is 4-1-0 against the Montreal Canadiens in previous encounters with a 2.19 GAA and a .921 save percentage. The Penguins, meanwhile, are scoring the 8th highest bulk of goals per game (3.25), while giving up the 7th lowest quantity on the defensive end (2.73). They are 15th in power play with a 19.9% success rate and 7th in penalty kill with 82.8% proficiency.
Montreal (according to Covers.com)
- Canadiens are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
- Canadiens are 3-7 in their last 10 overall meetings with Penguins.
Pittsburgh (according to Covers.com)
- Penguins are 11-0 in their last 11 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Penguins are 6-0 in their last 6 Friday games.