Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Montreal Canadiens Odds, Predictions and Picks
Puck Drop: Wednesday August 5, 2020, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Bodog Moneyline: Pittsburgh Penguins (-175) vs. Montreal Canadiens (+155)
How much longer can Carey Price continue his stellar play? I think it is pretty obvious that Price has to carry the Habs in this series. He made 35 saves in the 3-1 loss in Game 2, but this game would have been a wider score line if it weren't for Price in net. It seems that the Habs are outmatched in this series offensively and defensively. They have struggled to score as Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin (biggest bust of all time?) have yet to find the scoresheet. The Habs will need these players to step up if they are hoping to steal more games in this series.
On the other side, the Pens powerplay woes continue to be a storyline in this series as they went 0/5 in Game 2. The Habs have been undisciplined through two games, but the stars on the Penguins haven't made them pay for it...yet. We are awaiting for the arrival of Evgeni Malkin in this series, and I think it is a matter of time before he finds the scoresheet. Also, Matt Murray has been impressive in this series thus far. In Game 2, he stopped 27 out of 28 shots and looks to be back to his old ways in the playoffs. This is a very positive sign for the Penguins because the major question mark coming into this series was their goaltending.
I am going to roll with the Penguins in Game 3. They have looked like the better team throughout the series and I don't know how much longer Price can stand on his head. Also, if the Penguins can find their groove on the powerplay, they may blow this series wide open. The Habs have managed to split 1-1 as the "away' team and will look to use favourable matchups now with the last change at 'home.' With the Habs throwing their best defensive players at the Crosby line, I think this may be the game that Malkin breaks out.
Hammer the Pittsburgh Penguins moneyline at -175. I would even look at the Penguin to win by -1.5 goals at +155