(1) Montreal vs. Pittsburgh (2)
PICK: pinnacle @ PIT (-151)
DATE: August 1, 2020 - 8:00 PM
STAR RATING: 6.0
EXPERT: American Sports Analysts
EVALUATION: Loss (-906)
ASA NHL PLAY 6* Pittsburgh Penguins money line (-) over Montreal Canadiens, Saturday at 8:00 PM ET
With this line dropping into the -150 range as of gameday morning it has fell well within our price range compared to the value being offered here. One could argue that Pittsburgh should be a $2.00 favorite in this one. This is a #5 seed versus #12 seed in the NHL's unique 2020 postseason set-up and is arguably the most lopsided match-up of them all. The Penguins are healthy and are well-coached and, as the designated home team for this one, they have the "last change" advantage too. So even though this game is being played on "neutral ice" in Toronto, there is still an edge for the Pens. The Canadiens have had a rough season and to win Game 1 of a 5-game series is a huge edge. That said, we can't see Pittsburgh letting this game slip away. Carey Price, Montreal's goalie, would have to play out of his mind for the Habs to steal game one and we just don't see that happening. His head may not even be in it as he was a bit reluctant to even play in this post-season with the pandemic raging on. The Canadiens aren't overly impressive in the offensive zone and simply won't be able to score enough to keep up with Crosby and Malkin and a well-coached Penguins hockey club. Bet Pittsburgh on the money line in Saturday evening hockey action.