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Elite Eastern Conference Showdown
The Canadiens will host the Penguins today at the Bell Centre in Montreal. This will be a battle of two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and the opening face-off is slated for 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Pinnacle, the Penguins are a -120 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. This will be the first meeting of the year between these clubs, and Montreal won 2 of the 3-games versus Pittsburgh a season ago.
Two Red-Hot Teams
The Pittsburgh Penguins enter today having won the last 2, and 9 of their last 10-games. They’ve seen 6 of those 9-wins come by 3-goals or more. As I illustrated in my article on the Eastern Conference, the Penguins special teams are the best in the NHL this season, and by a wide margin. The power play is converting on an off the charts 32.3% of their chances, and the Penguins have only allowed opponents to cash in on a paltry 11.9% of their man advantage opportunities. The Penguins have started the year by going 12-4 against the money line, and have outscored opponents in the first two periods of games this season by a cumulative score of 44-21.
The Montreal Canadiens go into today’s game riding a 6-game winning streak, and have outscored the opposition 24-7 in the process of doing so. They’ve allowed 1-goal or less in 5 of those previous 6-games. Montreal has gone a stellar 14-5 against the money line to start the year, including an extremely profitable 8-2 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The one glaring weakness for the Canadiens has been their slow starts. Montreal has been outscored 15-6 during the first period of games so far in the 2014-2015 campaign.
This one is an extremely tough call, and I won’t be making one of my personal NHL picks for today on this contest. However, having to make a choice for the good folks over at Sportsbook Review, I’m going to lean toward taking the team with the superior special team edge in this matchup.
Free NHL Pick: Penguins -120 over the Canadiens at 5Dimes