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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS MONTREAL CANADIENS
27-11-5 January 18, 7:30 PM | Bell Centre 27-12-6

When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, ROOT (Pittsburgh), SN1, SNO, SNP, RDS, Sportsnet East (Montreal)

Team /  Live in game Betting at Puck Lines Money Lines Total
Pittsburgh Penguins +1.5 -260 +120 5.5 -125
Montreal Canadiens -1.5 +230 -130 5.5 +105
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The fans at Bell Centre will be treated to a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens when they take their seats on Wednesday.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (27-11-5): Captain Sidney Crosby recorded a season-high four-point performance by scoring his NHL-best 27th goal to go along with three assists on Monday to pull within one point of Edmonton phenom Connor McDavid, despite playing nine fewer games. Crosby has erupted for 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in his last 24 contests and his 1.35 points per game marks his best since the 2012-13 season. Fellow forward Conor Sheary, who capped his multi-goal performance by scoring in overtime versus the Capitals, also tallied against the Canadiens and has five goals and four assists in his last eight games.

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (27-12-6): Max Pacioretty obviously was kept off the scoresheet in his last outing, but the captain hasn’t been blanked in consecutive contests since Dec. 12-16. Pacioretty has 13 (eight goals, five assists) of his team-leading 37 points in that 15-game stretch and also scored and set up a goal in Montreal’s 4-0 rout of Pittsburgh on Oct. 18. Fellow forward Alex Galchenyuk, who had an assist in the first encounter versus the Penguins, saw his ice time rise while playing in his second contest since returning from an 18-game absence because of a knee injury.

currently has the Canadiens listed as 130-moneyline favorites versus the Penguins, while the game’s total is sitting at 5½ according to Mybookie

The Pittsburgh Penguins mustered just six goals during a three-game losing skid before matching that total in the second period of their last outing. The high-octane Penguins hope there is more in the tank on Wednesday when they open a two-game road trip against the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens.

Evgeni Malkin needed just under 11 minutes in that explosive session on Monday to record his 11th career hat trick in Pittsburgh’s wild 8-7 overtime win over Washington, although the former Hart Trophy winner provided fireworks in his last encounter with Montreal. Malkin, who scored 1:54 into the OT of a 4-3 win on New Year’s Eve, has collected 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in his past 23 games and resides third in the NHL in scoring with 49 points (21 goals, 28 assists). While the Penguins gave the scoreboard operator a workout, the Canadiens weren’t as demanding as they fell for the third time in five outings with a 1-0 loss at Detroit. Former Hart and Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price stopped 19 of 20 shots in the hard-luck loss after posting a gaudy 3.70 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in his previous eight starts (3-3-2).

Montreal lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Red Wings on January 16. Bettors who backed the Red Wings at +131 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 8-7 result against the Capitals on January 16. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -129 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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Pittsburgh:
Team record: 27-11-5 SU
Pittsburgh is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games

Montreal:
Team record: 27-12-6 SU
Montreal is 16-7 ATS in its last 23 games
Montreal is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal’s last 7 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Carolina Friday, January 20
Montreal at New Jersey Friday, January 20

OVERTIME
1. Pittsburgh D Justin Schultz notched a career-high four assists on Monday to increase his point total to 25 (seven goals, 18 assists) in the past 21 games.

2. Canadiens RW Alexander Radulov scored in each meeting with the Penguins this season, but has just one point – an assist – in his last five contests overall.

3. Pittsburgh veteran F Matt Cullen will miss three-to-four weeks with a foot injury, the team announced Tuesday.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Montreal Canadiens will win outright at -130 and the game will go over 5.5 goals according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Canadiens 4, Penguins 2 at .

SMART CHART
PIT TEAM MON
3.56 GOALS 3.07
3.05 GA 2.51
23.33 PP% 21.74
78.15 PK% 79.14
34.67 SHOTS OFF 30.40
32.47 SHOTS DEF 29.89
0.51 GOAL DIFF 0.56
INJURIES
PITTSBURGH
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
MONTREAL
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
PITTSBURGH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh’s last 11 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Montreal
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
MONTREAL
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal’s last 7 games
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Montreal is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal’s last 5 games at home
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal’s last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Canadiens Overall Defense 3.6 1 2.5 8
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Canadiens Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.5 8
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Canadiens Overall Defense 3.6 1 2.9 21
Penguins Overall Scoring vs Canadiens Overall Defense 3.0 3 2.9 21
Penguins Road Scoring vs Canadiens Home Defense 2.8 8 2.0 3
Penguins Road Scoring vs Canadiens Home Defense 2.7 11 2.0 3
Penguins Road Scoring vs Canadiens Home Defense 2.8 8 2.5 12
Penguins Road Scoring vs Canadiens Home Defense 2.7 11 2.5 12
Penguins Road PP vs Canadiens Home PK 17.2 20 82.3 16
Penguins Road PP vs Canadiens Home PK 17.4 18 82.3 16
Penguins Road PP vs Canadiens Home PK 17.2 20 84.6 9
Penguins Road PP vs Canadiens Home PK 17.4 18 84.6 9
Canadiens Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.7 16 2.5 6
Canadiens Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 2.7 16 3.1 24
Canadiens Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 3.1 7 2.5 6
Canadiens Overall Scoring vs Penguins Overall Defense 3.1 7 3.1 24
Canadiens Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 3.6 3 3.5 28
Canadiens Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 3.6 3 2.4 2
Canadiens Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 2.6 27 3.5 28
Canadiens Home Scoring vs Penguins Road Defense 2.6 27 2.4 2
Canadiens Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 16.1 28 85.8 1
Canadiens Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 16.1 28 75.9 26
Canadiens Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 20.3 11 85.8 1
Canadiens Home PP vs Penguins Road PK 20.3 11 75.9 26
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is the highest scoring team in the league at 3.6 goals per game.
Pittsburgh leads the league in shots with 34.7 per game.
Pittsburgh is second in the league in power play chances at 3.5 per game.
Pittsburgh is second best in the league in power play goals with 0.8 per game.
Pittsburgh is third on the power play in the league at 23.3%.
MONTREAL
Montreal allows the third most power plays at 3.6 per game.

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