Canadiens visit the Red Wings tonight in a matchup of two of the top teams currently in the standings and Detroit opened as a -125 favorite on the NHL betting lines.
The Montreal Canadiens Can Win Because…
They have a huge edge in net in this matchup. The Red Wings got lead goaltender Jimmy Howard back from injury last week and he made his first start on Saturday. However, he was very rusty, giving up four goals, which tied his season high. He has not played well in his career versus Montreal as his .884 save percentage against them is his second worst against any one opponent. He has a 3.76 GAA against them in his last three meetings, losing all three.
On the flip side, the Canadiens have a red-hot goaltender going in Carey Price. He’s posted a 1.46 GAA over his last 21 starts while winning 17 of them. He’s allowed just one goal in each of his last three outings and his .934 save percentage is the best in the NHL. Overall, the Habs are 4-0-1 in their last five.
The Habs are the better team overall, they have a clear edge in net and you’re getting the better price with them on the NHL odds. It makes sense to take them in this spot.
The Detroit Red Wings Can Win Because…
They’ve been playing pretty well too. Sure, they’re coming off back-to-back losses but prior to that, they had won nine of 10. Their offense is clicking right now as they’ve scored an average of 4.25 goals per game over their last 12. That’s about as good as it gets.
The Red Wings are a tough team to beat at home as they’ve won six of their last seven at Joe Louis Arena. One of the main reasons for it is they average 3.21 goals per game at home, which is sixth-best in the NHL, compared to 2.62 on the road. And at the other end of the ice, they give up 2.65 when they’re on the road and just 2.21 at home, which is eighth-best.
This is a matchup of two very evenly matched teams as the Red Wings are just four points back of the Habs for the top spot in the East. However, Detroit still has a game in hand.
This is going to be a fairly even matchup but you have to lean with the Canadiens here. Howard has not been particularly sharp since he’s returned to the lineup and overall, for his career, he’s been lousy against the Canadiens. For whatever reason, they’re a thorn in his side. When you add in the fact that the Habs are playing as good as anyone right now and that you get them as the road dog in this spot, it makes sense to bet them in this situation. Take the Canadiens here with your NHL picks.
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