Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens Free Prediction 1-18-17
Last time out on the ice Montreal played a simple-minded defensive style approach. They yielded the Red Wings to 18 shots while collecting 20 shots of their own. However, they lost 1-0. As for the Penguins, they erased a 3-0 deficit against the Capitals. Eventually clipping the Caps 8-7 in overtime.
The Penguins were on a five-game losing skid before scoring 8 goals against Washington. Pittsburgh comes into this game 27-11-5 in the standings with a total of 151 goals. Which averages out to 3.51 goals per game.
Sure, they can score, but they forgot how to defense. Their opponents are averaging over three goals per game with both Fleury and Murray struggling. Their defensive stats rank in the basement of the NHL. And now they are without their top defenseman in Kris Letang. Along with Matt Cullen, their best defensive forward. A reliable penalty killer.
Eric Fear will get back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last three games.
As for Montreal, who are 27-12-6 so far this season, for the first time since December 18th held their opponent to two or fewer goals on Monday. That’s when defenseman Andrei Markov went down with an injury. Before Monday, they allowed 26 goals since then.
Montreal had off yesterday which was much needed. They are in the middle of a grueling stretch playing nine games in 15 days.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs Montreal Canadiens Hockey Prediction 1-18-17
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