Hockey betting excitement is high for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they are a legitimate online hockey betting threat to go all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Montreal Canadiens will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night with a telecast on NHLNET set for 7:30 PM ET. This critical Eastern Conference matchup will have side and total odds posted for it at Sports Gambling so be sure and set up your account for action!
Pittsburgh had a record of 25-12-2-1 with the hockey betting odds and was a strong 12-5-1-1 on the road with just 7 of their first 19 away games going over the total. The Penguins were one of the better balanced teams in the NHL as they ranked 6th for goal scoring and 2nd for goals against.
Superstar center Sidney Crosby led the Penguins with 32 goals and 33 assists, far and away the best numbers on the team. Crosby also had 10 power play goals. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury had a record of 17-11-1 with a 2.31 goals against average and 1 shutout. Incredibly enough Pittsburgh was struggling on the power play as they ranked 21st overall although they were a strong 2nd overall for penalty killing.
Montreal had a record of 21-16-2-0 with the hockey betting line and struggled down the stretch of December with just 3 payouts in 10 games to end the month. The Canadiens problems were on offense as they ranked just 24th overall for goal scoring while ranking an impressive 3rd overall for goals against.
The slide dropped Montreal from what looked to be a solid playoff position into jeopardy as the New Year began. Centers Tomas Plekanec and Michael Cammalleri led the Habs in scoring as Plekanec had 11 goals and 20 assists while Cammalleri had 12 goals and 16 assists. Carey Price had a 2.32 goals against average and a 19-16 record.
Montreal has won 3 consecutive hockey betting matchups with Pittsburgh as the series has gone under the total in 5 of the last 7 matchups. The Canadiens scored a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh on October 9 in the last meeting between the teams as the game went under the total.