Red Wings vs. Canadiens NHL Picks: Back Montreal -161 to Improve to 6-0

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Saturday, October 17, 2015 5:59 PM UTC

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 5:59 PM UTC

The Red Wings head north after their first loss of the season and will meet the Montreal Canadiens who boast the best record in hockey. Let's review the NHL odds and see which team is poised to cash.

Detroit Red Wings (3-1)
Detroit had three days to prepare for a team they had already defeated on the road. But last night the Carolina Hurricanes were eager to avenge their 4-3 loss a week earlier and wound up handing the Wings their first defeat on the young season by the score of 5-3. Veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard has been in net for three of the four games to start the season but Detroit has the luxury of two premier goaltenders which is why Petr Mrazek will be getting his second start of the season and the first of his career versus the Montreal Canadiens.

Team captain Henrik Zetterberg has collected eight points to lead the team and has two assists in three career games against Montreal. Thus far Detroit has been scoring fairly seamlessly averaging 3.5 goals per game which ranks them 4th in the league and defensively they have been solid as well ranking 9th in goals allowed with a 2.3 per game average. Yet the Red Wings have been bitten by the injury bug sidelining Darren Helm (concussion), Pavel Datsyuk (ankle surgery), Johan Franzen (concussion symptoms) and Danny DeKeyser (foot) which makes their 3-1 start all that more impressive. However, those absences will not help their chances tonight in Montreal.


Montreal Canadiens (5-0)
The Canadiens continued to roll as they won their fifth straight and have been a cash cow for all who have been including them in their NHL picks since the season began. Carey Price is Montreal's All-World netminder and outdueled fellow All-Star and Ranger's goalie Henrik Lundqvist 3-0 Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Lundqvist and Price put on a spectacular display of goaltending prowess but when the night was through the Canadiens maintained their unbeaten streak and Carey Price had his first shutout of the season.

Max Pacioretty is the Habs new team captain and has led by example thus far tallying four goals in five games to tie for the team lead with veteran Tomas Plekanec. Plekanec was recently inked to a two-year contract extension and has spent his entire career with the Canadiens who selected him in the third round of the 2001 draft. The veteran center iceman has played 10 full seasons with Montreal and has notched at least 20 goals in eight of those 10 campaigns. Plekanec has gotten off to a blistering start and could reach the 20 goal plateau by midseason if he continues at even a fraction of the pace he has set so far.

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Betting Analysis
The NHL odds makers are clearly convinced that Montreal will be undefeated after their meeting with the Red Wings tonight. Despite Detroit's promising start a quick look at SBR odds indicates that most of the offshore sportsbooks are offering the Canadiens as -170 favorites though there is better value to be had on the chalky favorites if you do your homework.

If recent history is any indication of what the future holds then all we have to do is review the four meetings between the two clubs from last season. A quick check alerts us that the Canadiens owned the Red Wings and won all four contests. In addition Carey Price, presumed to be in net tonight, owns a 2.18 GAA in his five consecutive wins against Detroit. The Canadiens are looking to become the first team to start 6-0-0 since the 2013-2014 season when it was accomplished by both the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. I say they do it and wouldn't be surprised if we see this talented team go 10-0-0 before the streak is through.

NHL Picks: Play the Canadiens -161 at Heritage

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