2019-20 NHL – Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens taking place? Sunday 5th January, 2020 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens taking place? Bell Centre, Montreal

What channel is Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Pittsburgh Penguins @ Montreal Canadiens? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Pittsburgh Penguins 1 – 4 Montreal Canadiens

THE TEAM NEWS

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • Pittsburgh are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the San Jose Sharks and that result ended their winning streak at three games. They still own a 3-2 mark over their last five contests, and the Penguins remain firmly entrenched in the playoffs since they sit in fourth place of the Eastern Conference standings with 53 points.
  • The Penguins still have several absentees ahead of this contest, headlined by star center Sidney Crosby who is still a few days away from returning. Defencemen Justin Schultz and Brian Dumoulin, center Nick Bjugstad and winger Jake Guentzel have also been ruled out.
  • One player to keep an eye on at Pittsburgh should be Patric Hornqvist. He scored twice against the Sharks the last time out and has three goals, an assist and 13 shots in his past two games. He is up to 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in 23 games this season.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

  • Montreal are trending in the wrong direction of late since their recent loss against the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning extended their losing run to four games. This negative run has slipped the Canadian franchise all the way to the 13th place in the Eastern Conference, but they still are only six points adrift a playoff spot.
  • The Canadiens will be without five forwards here meaning the team’s attacking depth will be thin on the ground. The absentees are Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher and Matthew Peca.
  • Max Domi has been Montreal’s best player over the last few weeks, and he is currently riding an eight-game point streak – he has six goals and five assists over that span. The 24-year-old center is up to 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 41 games this season.

THE PREDICTION

While the Canadiens are riding a four-game losing run, the Penguins have won three of their last four and once again look like one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference even if their star center Sidney Crosby remains unavailable. The fact that Montreal will be playing at home is unlikely to represent much of an edge for them, either, as they have dropped three of their last four contests at Bell Centre. Considering Pittsburgh also own the second-best defence of the Eastern Conference with only 107 goals conceded, they should be listed as massive favourites ahead of this game.

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