Montreal faces Pittsburgh on 7-game slide


Montreal Canadiens (5-15-2, seventh in the Atlantic) against the Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-4, fourth in the Metropolitan)

Pittsburgh; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

FANDUAL SPORTS BOOK LINE: Penguins -200, Canadians +165; plus / minus is 5.5

BOTTOM LINE: Montreal hits the road against Pittsburgh looking to end its seven-game road slide.

The Penguins are 7-5-1 against opponents in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh has scored 58 goals and is eighth in the Eastern Conference with an average of 2.9 goals per game. Jake Guentzel leads the team with eight.

The Canadiens are 2-10-1 in conference games. Montreal is 28th in the Eastern Conference with 29.8 shots per game and an average of 2.2 goals.

When they last met on November 18, Pittsburgh won 6-0. Teddy Blueger scored two goals for the Penguins.

BEST PERFORMERS: Marcus Pettersson leads the Penguins with a plus-10 differential in 16 games this season. Guentzel has scored five goals in the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.

Nicholas Suzuki has a total of 15 points while scoring four goals and adding 11 assists for the Canadiens. Jake Evans has scored three goals in the last 10 games for Montreal.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Penguins: 6-3-1, averaging 2.5 goals, 4.6 assists, 3.3 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while allowing 1.9 goals per game with a d percentage ‘stops, 934.

Canadians: 2-6-2, averaging 2.4 goals, four assists, 3.5 penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while allowing 3.7 goals per game with a save percentage of 0.890.

INJURIES: Penguins: None listed.

Canadians: Brett Kulak: Day to Day (Lower Body).


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