Bell Centre will be hosting an enticing matchup as the Montreal Canadiens take the ice against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. It’s the last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. This cross-continent matchup will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 10 and it’ll be broadcasted live on Fox Arizona Plus.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Montreal Canadiens Odds
The Canadiens are 27-30 straight up (SU) and have disappointed moneyline bettors to the tune of -10.0 units so far. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team recorded during last year’s regular season (44-38). Through 57 regular season matches, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just three have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 13-18 SU at home.
Montreal has converted on 19.6 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.4 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Montreal has been called for penalties just 3.3 times per game overall this season, and 4.0 per game over its past five games. The team’s had to kill penalties for just 6.4 minutes per game over its last five home outings.
Sporting a .913 save percentage and 27.7 saves per game, Carey Price (24-22-4) has been the top goalkeeper for the Canadiens this year. If the Habs choose to give him a rest, however, the team might turn to Keith Kinkaid (1-5-5 record, .875 save percentage, 4.24 goals against average).
The Habs will continue relying on leadership from Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault. Tatar (51 points) has tallied 20 goals and 31 assists and has recorded multiple points on 12 separate occasions this year. Danault has 12 goals and 27 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 31 contests.
Arizona has lost 7.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far and is currently 27-30 straight up (SU). A total of 30 of its outings have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just one has pushed. Arizona’s 14-15 SU as the visiting team this season.
Arizona has converted on 19.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 12th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Arizona’s skaters have been penalized only 3.1 times per game in total this season, 3.0 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.4 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Antti Raanta (27.7 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Arizona. Raanta owns a 10-16-3 record, and has registered a .915 save percentage and 2.86 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Coyotes, a lot of the offense will be heavily coordinated by Taylor Hall (13 goals, 31 assists) and Nick Schmaltz (eight goals, 31 assists).
Arizona Coyotes vs. Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Under
For both of these teams, the under has hit in three of their last five games.
Penalties and power plays may prove to be even more critical than usual in this game. The Coyotes are 10-17 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 22-25 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total. The Canadiens are 8-10 when the team serves fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 20-22 in games where they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
Two of Montreal’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 2-0 in those games and 4-1 overall in shootouts this season.
Montreal is ranked 23rd this season with 6.8 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as the team has managed 5.9 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.6 takeaways over its last five.
Arizona is ranked 28th in the league with 6.4 takeaways per game. That figure has trended down, however, as it’s averaged 4.9 takeaways over its last 10 games and 3.8 takeaways over its last five.