The NHL is back this weekend for more exciting games on the schedule. Our pick is the game in which Montreal Canadiens will face the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The Canadiens head into this game after a 4-2 home win over the Red Wings. On the other side, Penguins were able to secure a 4-3 away win over the Devils.
The Montreal Canadiens are having a bad season this year The Canadiens have a record of just 2-10 in their last 12 games. Furthermore their the stats which show 5-18 over their last 23 games show how poor they have been this season. Their 5 wins came against teams that will not be part of the postseason this year.
On the offensive side of the ice, The Canadiens have been in poor form as they are on the 29th place in the league with an average of 2.52 goals per game combined with an average converting of 21.0% of their chances. Their defensive stats have also been poor as they are ranked 23rd in goals allowed, letting in an average of 3.10 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 25.5 % of their chances.
Pittsburgh Penguins Form
The Pittsburgh Penguins form has been inconsistent lately. They have not won two games in a row in the last 10 games. However, their home is 28-10 and they have averaged 3.67 goals per game and have allowed 2.66 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, The Penguins have been very good so far as they are ranked 6th in the league with a score of 3.27 goals per game, converting on 25.7% of their total chances. At the defensive part of their game, their form has been below average as they are placed on the 21st spot in goals allowed, letting in an average of 3.06 goals per game while also allowing opponents to convert on 20.2% of their chances.
Montreal Canadiens will not be part of the playoff. They can only play for prestige and bragging rights. Their form is also poor. On the other side, the Penguins are still in the battle for a division title. Their home record of 28-10 is pretty solid and will give them additional confidence for this game. I firmly believe that the Penguins will win this game with a few goals difference.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins today on 3/31/2018 is: Take the Pittsburgh Penguins -290 (money line bet)
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