to the Playoffs
The Blackhawks will host the Canadiens on Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with the opening face-off slated for 8:35 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds Chicago is a -150 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won the last 9-games between these clubs. Montreal has defeated Chicago in 7 of the last 10 meetings. The clubs have seen 4 of their last 5 meetings go under the total. Montreal is 2nd in the Atlantic Division, and 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference. Chicago is 3rd in the Central Division, and 5th overall in the Western Conference.
Heating Up at Right Time
Chicago enters tonight’s non-conference home game winners of their last 3 in a row. They’re coming off of making a huge statement in a 4-2 win at home on Sunday over the Central Division leading St. Louis Blues. The Hawks are an outstanding 26-14 versus the money line at home this season, and have earned at least 1-point in 33 of those 40-games. This will be Chicago’s final regular season home game of the year. Following tonight they will conclude the season with games at Washington on Friday and at Nashville on Saturday. If the season were to end today the Hawks would be facing the San Jose Sharks in the 1st round of the playoffs, and would start the series on the road. However, that can still change as they trail the Sharks by just 2-points in the Western Conference standings. San Jose has 3 very tough games remaining having to play at Anaheim this evening, then home versus Colorado, and concludes the regular season at Phoenix on Saturday.
The Montreal Canadiens are surely primed for the playoffs if their late season run is any indication. They’ve won 7 of their last 8, and 10 of their last 12-games. Their most recent outing was a 5-3 home win over Detroit on Saturday. Despite the torrid recent run, they have just a slim 2-point lead for 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Following tonight they will play their final 2 regular season games at home versus the Islanders and the Rangers. Montreal is a very respectable 23-17 versus the money line on the road this season, and has won 6 of the last 7 in that role. Montreal is just 3-7 in their last 10-games when playing on 3 or more days of rest.
Any money line home favorite of -200 or less that’s playing with exactly 2-days of rest, versus an opponent that’s playing with 3 or more days of rest, has gone 124-53 (70.1%) over the last 18 seasons. Bet Chicago over Montreal for your NHL picks.
Free Hockey Pick: Chicago -150 over Montreal