Cappers Add 'Under' to NHL Picks as Kings Face Canadiens

Ross Benjamin

Friday, December 12, 2014 12:44 PM GMT

We’ll examine the NHL game tonight between the Kings and Canadiens. Join us in reading our revealing NHL betting preview on this contest that culminates with a free pick on the total.

Kings in Montreal
The Canadiens will play host to the defending NHL Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The opening puck drop is slated for 7:35 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at Pinnacle, Montreal is a -130 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. The Kings defeated the Canadiens in both meetings a season ago, and outscored them by a decisive 8-1 combined margin in those contests.

 

Stemming the Tide
The Los Angeles Kings were able to snap a 2-game losing streak with a 5-3 win at Ottawa last night. Despite the win, the Kings have started the season by going a disappointing 14-14 against the money line, and a dismal 4-9 on the road. Tonight will be the 3rd of a 5-game in 8-day road trip for the Kings, and it will also be their 3rd away tilt in the last 4-days. Jonathan Quick started each of the previous 2-games and it’s highly unlikely he’ll be in goal tonight. In all probability we’ll see backup Martin Jones between the pipes in Montreal. Jones has been excellent in 6-starts this season, compiling an outstanding .947 save percentage, and posting one shutout. The Kings will be facing one of the top goaltenders in the world in tonight’s game. Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has gone 15-9 this year with a stellar .920 save percentage. The good news for the Kings, they’re 25-14 during the past 2-seasons when facing a starting goaltender with a .915 or better save percentage.

 

Rested and Ready
The Montreal Canadiens enter tonight with 2-days of rest following a 3-1 home win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. That win snapped a 3-game losing streak, and was just their 2nd victory in the last 8-contests. This will be the 2nd of an elongated 5-game in 12-day home stand for Montreal. The Canadiens have been a profitable 10-4 against the money line at the Bell Centre this season. Despite their 18-12 money line start to the season, slow starts to games have plagued the Canadiens. Montreal has been outscored by a wide 26-9 margin in the 1st period of games during this 2014-2015 NHL campaign.

 

Final Analysis
The Kings have seen just 8 of their first 29-games (27.6%) go over the total this season. The Canadiens have seen only 10 of their first 30-games (33.3%) on the year go over the number. This one has all the ear marks of a low scoring game with all things being considered, and I will be wagering on the total in this game for one of my NHL picks today.

Free NHL Pick: Los Angeles/Montreal to go under the total of 5.0 at 5Dimes