NHL Betting: Goals To Fly In As Pittsburgh Host Montreal


Unibet columnist Mike Fuller expects a high-scoring contest between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens, and a win for Phoenix...


Pittsburgh Penguins, the Draw 4.00, Montreal Canadiens 3.80 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 00.05 GMT)

Pittsburgh's home winning streak is over after a 5-1 defeat from Florida on Monday.

Curiously the Pens have only lost twice in 2014 but to the 27th and 29th ranked clubs in the league. Outside of that it's hard to fault them for succeeding in spite of losing more man games to injury than any other team, on defence they are now back to full strength and backup goalie Tomas Vokoun is not far off, so it'll be interesting too see how strong they can become.

Montreal battled to a 3-2 victory when the sides met in November, which they can draw on for belief. But they've been uncharacteristically porous on the road lately and to pick up some points have needed to score four or more goals themselves. As that reputation for the Canadiens providing low-scoring contests means the odds haven't quite caught up yet and the value is there on total goals tonight especially with the firepower at Pittsburgh's disposal.

It's safe to assume it was just one night off for the Pens as they haven't dropped two in a row in the last 24 games, take them over the handicap to make it worth your while at 2.55.

 

Calgary Flames 2.85, the Draw 3.80, Phoenix Coyotes 2.20 (BET and STREAM live on Unibet TV from 02.35 GMT)

With their respective campaigns drifting this is a real chance for Phoenix in particular, only one place separates them in the Pacific - but in truth it's a 16 point chasm and the Flames are pretty much out of contention by now.

Calgary are the owners of the league's worst home record and Phoenix are actually the only side they've beaten in regulation at the Saddledome since October, so I think tonight's contest will be more like the 6-0 drubbing the Coyotes handed to them just over two weeks ago.

Six different scorers netted that night for Dave Tippett which was obviously a boost for their offence and something they really needed because they don't have anyone standing out consistently. Jiri Hudler is doing exactly that for the Flames except at times it looks like he's taking the road alone up front, with Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross out only Hudler and captain Mark Giordano are active for them with over a point every other game.

Even odds of 2.80 can't make Calgary worth backing here, go with Phoenix to ease through at 2.25.

 

Best Bet: Over 5.5 total goals in Pittsburgh versus Montreal at 2.12.