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#79 Montreal Canadiens 6 vs.
#80 Pittsburgh Penguins -175
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh
Written by Valdis Pans

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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 Row

The 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.

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 Tampa

The 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.

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.

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Both teams have struggled in their last few outings. The Canadiens have dropped two decisions in a row, while the Penguins have a couple of defeats in their last three contests overall. Having said that, pick the Pens to triumph in this one! They have already beaten the Habs on seven of the past 10 overall occasions and have been excellent in bouncing back from poor offensive displays, winning 11 straight matchups after scoring no more than two snipes in their previous fixture. Montreal has picked up just one victory in the last five games when considered a road underdog and is visiting a place where it has already lost four of its past six trips.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins (-190)

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Six of the past eight head-to-head encounters between Montreal and Pittsburgh have delivered at least six snipes on the scoreboard, with an average of 6.83 strikes buried per game. So, do go with the Over in this one once again! No particular trends back a high-scoring contest here. Still, four of the previous five Friday matchups of the Penguins have all ended with a prominent amount of markers netted, while seven of the last 11 visits of the Canadiens to Pittsburgh have brought in quite a fair share of goals.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...