NHL Picks Suggest Low Scoring Affair for Wild vs. Canadiens

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, November 8, 2014 4:20 PM GMT

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 4:20 PM GMT

Our NHL handicapper examines tonight’s game between Minnesota/Montreal. Find out what his findings were in doing so, and also be privy to his free pick on this game.

Playing Wild in Montreal
The Canadiens will host the Wild today at the Bell Centre in Montreal with the opening puck drop slated for 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL odds at SBR Sportsbook, the Canadiens are a -119 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. These teams split their 2-meetings a season ago with each club winning on home ice, and both games went over the total. The listed probable goaltenders for tonight are Darcy Kuemper for Minnesota, and Carey Price for Montreal.

 

 A Need to Regain the Scoring Touch
The Minnesota Wild enters tonight having lost their previous 2-games, and in doing so, scored only a combined 1-goal. Prior to that 2-game scoring funk, they tallied 23-goals in a 5-game span, and won 4 of those 5-contests. It must be noted, that during the losses in their previous 2-games, they outshot Pittsburgh and Ottawa by a combined 69-39, and were victimized by some stellar opposing goaltenders. Sustaining offensive pressure hasn’t been a problem for the Wild this season. They’ve had 34 or more shots on goal in 7 of their first 12-games, and that includes 41-shots or more on 4 separate occasions. Minnesota’s top goaltender Darcy Kuemper has been outstanding so far, going 6-3 in his 9-starts, compiling a .923 save percentage, and has shutout the opposition twice. On a negative note, the power play has been atrocious to start the year, going a pathetic 2-for-38 (5.3%), including an anemic 0-for-23 on the road.

 

Montreal Goal Scoring Drought
Let me start with a positive, the Canadiens were able to snap a 3-game losing streak with a 2-1 overtime shootout win at Buffalo on Wednesday. However, their goal scoring doldrums continued. The Canadiens have scored just 13-goals combined in their previous 8-games. Needless to say, the under certainly has been a profitable wager during that period, and only 1 of the 8-games went over the total. Despite their recent offensive struggles, Montreal is tied atop the Eastern Conference standings with both Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. Similar to today’s opponent, the Candiens power play has been awful, going a miserable 3-for-38 (7.9%) on the season.

 

Final Analysis
Minnesota is coming off a 3-0 loss at Ottawa in their previous game. As I alluded to earlier, Montreal comes off a narrow 1-goal win at Buffalo in their last outing. The combination of these two results creates a profitable betting system that we can take advantage of when making our NHL picks for today. Any home team (Montreal) with a total of 5.0 or less, coming off a 1-goal win, versus an opponent coming off a a game where 3 or less total goals were scored, has seen 63 of those 95-games (66.3%) go under the total during the past 5-seasons.

Free NHL Picks: Minnesota/Montreal to go under the total of 5.0 at 5Dimes

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