Last Updated: 2017-11-09
Bell Centre will be hosting an East-West showdown as the Montreal Canadiens take on the visiting Minnesota Wild. It’s the final time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The opening face-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9, and you are able to view the game live on Reseau Des Sports.
Minnesota Wild vs. Montreal Canadiens Odds
Montreal is 7-9 straight up (SU) and has recorded -3.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage is a noticeable slide from what the team recorded during the 2016-17 season (47-35). Of its 16 games this season, 10 have gone over the total, while five have gone under and just one has pushed. The team is 3-3 SU at home this year.
The Canadiens have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that puts them in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 29th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.1 percent of all penalties.
The Canadiens, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties just 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five contests home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties for 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 25.3 saves per game with a .877 save percentage, Carey Price (three wins, eight losses, and one OT loss) has been the top option in goal for the Habs this year. If the Habs, however, decide to give him a breather, Montreal might turn to Al Montoya (2-2-2 record, .863 save percentage, 3.77 goals against average).
Brendan Gallagher and Shea Weber will both be focal points for the Canadiens. Gallagher (12 points) has tallied seven goals and five assists and has recorded two or more points in three different games this year. Weber has three goals and eight assists to his credit and has recorded a point in six contests.
On the other side of the rink, Minnesota is 5-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 14 regular season outings, eight of its games have gone over the total, while four have gone under and just one has pushed. As the visiting team, the Wild are 2-5 SU so far.
The Wild have converted on 17.8 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.7 percent of all penalties.
Minnesota’s skaters have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 3.4, which was the fifth-best mark in the league. After serving an average of 8.1 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has been forced to kill penalties for 8.4 minutes per matchup this season.
Devan Dubnyk (27.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Minnesota. Dubnyk owns a 4-7-1 record, while registering a .903 save percentage and 3.04 goals against average this year.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Wild will be Eric Staal (five goals, six assists) and Jason Zucker (five goals, five assists).
Minnesota Wild at Montreal Canadiens Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Canadiens, O/U – Under
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The over has hit in three of Montreal’s last five outings.
Minnesota has managed 31.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Montreal is averaging 36.4 shots per game over its last five at home.
Montreal has allowed 3.6 goals per game overall this season, but is allowing just 2.0 per contest in its last three games (the team’s a perfect 0-0 SU over that streak).
42.9 percent of Montreal’s wins have come by two or more goals (the team is 3-8 overall in such games) while 80.0 percent of Minnesota’s wins have come by two goals or more (4-4 overall in games decided by at least two goals).