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Detroit Red Wings vs. Montreal Canadiens
NHL: Thursday, October 10, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 7:00 PM ET
Despite not experiencing a particularly good preseason, the Detroit Red Wings opened the new NHL campaign with a couple of wins over Nashville and Dallas. They couldn’t make it three in a row, though, as the Anaheim Ducks beat them to maintain their perfect start of the season. Montreal, on the other hand, didn’t have luck in the opener against the Carolina Hurricanes as they lost in the shootout. However, the Canadiens bounced back against the arch-rivals Toronto Maple Leafs on the road and defeated them in the shootout. This matchup was quite favorable for the Canadiens in recent years as they are on a nine-game winning run against the Red Wings.
The Ducks scored three in the third period to sink the Red WingsDetroit suffered the first defeat of the season even though they had a 1-0 lead through the first two periods in a game against Anaheim. The Ducks scored three goals in the space of five minutes to set the final score, 3-1. Filip Hronek scored the game’s only goal for the Red Wings and his first of the year (three points in total). Anthony Mantha, who recorded 48 points in each of the past two seasons, already has seven (G5, A2) after three games, and he is a player to watch from the visiting team in this encounter. Mantha seems ready for a breakout campaign. Tyler Bertuzzi (G2, A3) and Dylan Larkin (G1, A4) are also the main contributors in the offense. Larkin was the team’s point-leader last season with 73 (G32, A41), even 19 more than Andreas Athanasiou. Seeing some other players getting involved in the final third is undoubtedly encouraging for the Red Wings fans so that this campaign might bring some positive changes.
In 2018-19, Detroit had the 21st offense in the NHL that averaged 2.73 goals per contest, and they are facing Montreal’s 24th defense allowed 2.88 goals per game. The Red Wings were the 18th team when it comes to powerplay conversion (18.1%), while Montreal was the 13th in penalty kill percentage (80.9%).
Jimmy Howard will start at the goal for the Red Wings, and he was 23-22-5 as he faced 1709 shots in the 2018-19 and allowed 156 goals (3.07 per game) and recorded 1553 saves (.909 SV %) with zero shutouts. He met the Canadiens on three occasions last year and lost all three games, allowing 6.85 goals per contest with .791 SV %.
Montreal came back from three goals down to beat Toronto in the shootoutThe Montreal Canadiens opened the season with a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, but they got a win against their eternal rivals – the Toronto Maple Leafs. After opening the game with a 1-0 lead, the Canadiens allowed four goals and were down by three early in the third period. Montreal scored four goals in the space of ten minutes and took a 5-4 lead before Auston Matthews sent the game to overtime and later shootout. Carey Price saved all three penalties from the Maple Leafs while Paul Byron sealed the victory for Montreal. Brendan Gallagher was the first star of the game with a goal and a couple of assists. He is only one of the players to watch in the game against Buffalo as he recorded team-high 33 goals last year (A19). Max Domi experienced a season of his career in 2018-19 as he led the Canadiens with 72 points (G28, A44) while Tomas Tatar had 58 points (G25, A33). Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault also played a vital part in the offense with 53 points apiece.
Venir pour voir Brendan Gallagher frotter la tête de Cale Fleury en signe de porte-bonheur. Rester pour le tir de barrage vainqueur de Paul Byron.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) October 6, 2019
Come to see Brendan Gallagher rubbing Cale Fleury's head for good luck. Stay to see Paul Byron's shootout winner.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/w8u30TOdFD
Montreal had the 14th offense in the NHL in 2018-19 that averaged 3.00 goals per contest, and they are facing Detroit’s 27th defense that allowed 3.32 goals per game. The Canadiens were the 30th team when it comes to powerplay conversion (13.2%), while Detroit was the 28th in penalty kill percentage (77.1%).
Carey Price will start at the goal for the Canadiens, and he was 35-24-6 as he faced 1952 shots in the 2018-19 and allowed 161 goals (2.49 per game) and recorded 1791 saves (.918 SV %) with four shutouts. He met the Red Wings twice last year and won both games, allowing 1.00 goals per contest with .960 SV %.
- 7-0 in their last seven vs. the Atlantic Division opponents
- 5-0 in their last five home games
- 5-0 in their last five games as a home favorite
- 0-6 in their last six games playing on one day of rest
- 0-4 in their last four vs. the Eastern Conference opponents
- 14-40 in their last 54 Thursday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Montreal has one of the longest winning streaks in the NHL right now when it comes to games against the Red Wings. They are on a nine-game winning run over Detroit and scored 11 goals in the last two encounters, conceding just two in return. Jimmy Howard was awful in the last year’s games with Montreal, and I am backing the hosts to secure the tenth win over Detroit in a row. Even though Montreal is playing the second of back-to-back games, but they had enough time to rest between Toronto and Buffalo. They will be more than ready to skate in this one, so fatigue is not going to be a problem. I am going with tradition and betting trends, and that’s why I am backing Montreal to get a victory here.
Prediction: Montreal Canadiens (-176)
Full-Game Total Pick
Montreal’s opening two games of the season were high-scoring, and the total for this one is set at 6. Considering six of the previous eight H2H duels produced at least six goals, including three of the last four at Bell Centre, I am backing Over here. The Canadiens are the Boogey team to Jimmy Howard recently, and I am going with the hosts to score a minimum of four goals. Also, I am backing Detroit to exploit weaknesses in Montreal’s defense that allowed already nine goals in two games this year.
Prediction: Over 6 (-110)