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NHL Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Prediction 12/13/2023

The Pittsburgh Penguins (12-12-3) travel to face off against the Montreal Canadiens (12-13-3) on Wednesday, December 13th. This game will be played at Bell Centre in Montreal and televised on SN PT. The Penguins are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Canadiens are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Predators. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens

The Pittsburgh Penguins Are Coming Off A Win

So far this season, the Penguins have an overall record of 12-12-3. On the road, Pittsburgh is 6-6-2 and 6-6-1 at home. This record has them sitting 7th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 12th in the Eastern conference. Looking at Pittsburgh’s average scoring margin, it is +.3, which has led to a puck line record of 12-15. When playing at home, their scoring margin is +.2, and on the road, it is +.4.

The Penguins played host to the Coyotes in their previous game and emerged with a 4-2 win. In the first period against the Coyotes, the Penguins scored two goals, in addition to scoring two times in the 3rd period. Pittsburgh finished with two power-play goals, while they also managed to score one time when shorthanded. Their game concluded with 44 shots on goal.

Pittsburgh also picked up a win against the puck line, coming into the game favored by -1.5. The game concluded with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.

The Montreal Canadiens Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their 28 games, the Canadiens have a 12-13-3 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 6-9-1 record, and their record on the road is 6-4-2. They are currently positioned 6th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 13th in the Eastern conference. Montreal has three wins by more than one goals and dropped nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 16-12 this season.

After suffering a 2-1 loss at home to the Predators, the Canadiens are looking to bounce back today. In terms of offense, the Canadiens faced a dry spell in the first and third periods against the Predators, but they managed to score one time in the second period. For the game, Montreal’s only goal came at even strength. Overall, they had 37 shots on goal vs. Nashville.

Montreal went into the game as the underdogs, but they still managed to cover the puck line despite the loss. The over/under line for the game was 6, and it concluded with a combined total of 3 goals.

Pittsburgh Offense Breakdown

For their offensive performance, the Penguins come in averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, which is 24th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 9th in the league. So far this year, the Penguins are 7-6 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 5-6 in games with fewer shots on goal.

The Penguins’ over/under record this season is 8-17-2. For the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.6 goals per game.

Montreal Offense Breakdown

In terms of their offensive performance, the Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game this season, putting them in the 28th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 26th in the league. The Montreal offense is ranked 19th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 13th in the NHL.

The Canadiens come in with an over/under record of 12-15-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 16 games failing to surpass the 6.5 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 6.2 per game.

Pittsburgh Team Defense

The Penguins defense is currently 13th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.8 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 4 shutouts.

Montreal Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Canadiens’ defense is 29th in takeaways at 4.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 4th in the NHL.

Penguins vs Canadiens Trends

  • Although Pittsburgh has a straight up record of 4-6 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 4-6. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.
  • Through their last ten home games, Montreal has an puck line record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 2 goals per game.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Canadiens have gone 6-4 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 4-6.
  • In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Penguins have a straight up record of 1-4 and an puck line mark of 1-4.

Penguins vs Canadiens Prediction

For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Canadiens to secure a victory over the Penguins at home. With the moneyline currently set at +131, I’m locking in my bet on the Canadiens straight-up.

Our projections have the Canadiens pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Canadiens, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.

If you’re looking at the the over/under line set at 6.5 goals, our prediction is that this game will stay below that threshold, and we strongly suggest placing a bet on the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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